REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations
CANDIDATE: Kelly Craft
Kelly Craft is a leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who currently serves as the first female Ambassador to Canada. She is leader in civic engagement in Kentucky and also a successful businesswoman. While raising two children, Ambassador Craft not only ran her own marketing and management consulting firm, Kelly G. Knight LLC, but also found the time to make community engagement a priority. She served in leadership roles with numerous civic organizations, including the Salvation Army of Lexington and the Center for Rural Development, a nonprofit dedicated to economic development in rural Kentucky. Ambassador Craft also has a deep commitment to improving education, serving on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees and co-founding the Morehead State University Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. Her demonstrated leadership skills in civic matters, her management experience and business acumen, and her deep understanding of critical social and political issues, make Ambassador Craft well qualified to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Ambassador Craft previously served as an Executive Committee Member of the Republican Governors Association and as the Kentucky Finance Chair and National Finance Vice Chair of the Republican National Committee and President George W. Bush appointed her as the U.S. alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. In a civic engagement capacity, she has also been a Member of the Board for the Kentucky Arts Council, the YMCA of Central Kentucky, and the United Way of the Bluegrass.
Ambassador Craft received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Morehead State University in May 2017.