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: Brunei Darussalam
CANDIDATE: Caryn R. McClelland
Caryn R. McClelland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London, serving as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission during the UK’s G7 presidency. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Vietnam and Latvia, and as Consul General in Surabaya, Indonesia. She was Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State. Ms. McClelland led the interagency teams that created the programs for the Global Entrepreneurship Summits in Nairobi and Silicon Valley. Her leadership roles in Washington and at embassies on three continents, and her significant experience effectively leading interagency teams, advancing USG policy objectives, and promoting economic partnerships which advance U.S. trade and investment interests, make her a well-qualified candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam.
Ms. McClelland was Senior Advisor for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy and Regional Energy Advisor in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs focused on ensuring regional energy security. She also served at the U.S. embassies in Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, and Ireland.
Ms. McClelland earned a B.A. at the University of California – Los Angeles, an M.A. at San Francisco State University, and an M.S. at the National War College. She speaks Indonesian, Latvian and Russian.