Ebert-Gray, Catherine - Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu - July 2015


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: Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu

CANDIDATE: Catherine Ebert-Gray 

Catherine Ebert-Gray, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Administration’s Office of Logistics Management, a position she has held since 2011. Ms. Ebert-Gray is known for her expertise in developing and leading interagency teams, including as co-chair of the Executive Steering Group during the Defense to Diplomatic transition in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also has distinguished herself as a highly effective manager of post operations with the ability to build strong relationships with business communities, essential skills that will serve her well as Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu.

Previously, Ms. Ebert-Gray served as Director of the Department’s Office of Overseas Employment, (2009-2011) and as Management Counselor at both U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (2006-2009), and U.S. Embassy Rabat, Morocco (2005-2006). Prior to that, she served in the Department as Supervisory Post Management Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2002-2004) and Program Analysis Officer, Bureau of Administration (2001-2002). She also served as Management Counselor at U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali (1999-2001), Management/Contracting Officer at U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt and U.S. Embassy Bonn, Germany (1998-1999), and Management Counselor at U.S. Embassy Lome, Togo (1995-1997). Earlier in her career with the Foreign Service, Ms. Ebert-Gray served as General Services Officer three times, at U.S. Embassy Canberra, Australia, U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt. 

Ms. Ebert-Gray earned a B.A from the University of Wisconsin in 1977 and a M.S. from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University in 2005. She has won numerous Department performance awards. Her foreign language is French.