Lee McClenny was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay on February 20, 2018. Mr. McClenny is a career Foreign Service Officer, who joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1986.
Ambassador McClenny most recently served as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, from July 2014 until December 2017. Immediately prior, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. His other overseas assignments include a tour as principal officer in Montreal, as well as postings at the U.S. embassies in Manila, London, Guatemala City, Belgrade, and Ottawa. He has held assignments at the National Security Council, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and NATO.
Ambassador-designate McClenny is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, Superior Honor Award, and Meritorious Honor Award. He speaks Spanish, French, and some Serbo-Croat and Russian.
A native of San Francisco, Ambassador-designate McClenny enjoyed an itinerant childhood, growing up in several cities around the United States and abroad. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle, and is a graduate of the Department’s Senior Seminar.