Julie Furuta-Toy was confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on October 22, 2015. Ambassador Furuta-Toy is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor. She earned a B.A. from the University of California at Riverside in 1981, a M.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1984, and a M.S. from the National Defense University in 2004.
Ambassador Furuta-Toy has demonstrated outstanding leadership, strong interpersonal and team-building skills, as well as expertise in administering development programs and doing consular work, during a 29 year career in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Prior to her arrival in Malabo, Ambassador Furuta-Toy served as Charge d’Affaires and DCM at U.S. Embassy Oslo, Norway (2012-2015) and as DCM at U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (2009-2012). Prior to that, she served in the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs as Director in both the Office of Children’s Issues (2007-2009) and the Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison (2004-2007). Ambassador Furuta-Toy’s other overseas postings include Moscow, Mumbai, Port-au-Prince, and Manila, Philippines. In Washington, she has served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and in the Bureau of Personnel.
She speaks Spanish and Russian.