Helen Reed-Rowe is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor. She was nominated by President Obama on August 9, 2010 to be the first U. S. Ambassador to the Republic of Palau. After confirmation by the Senate, she was sworn in on September 27, 2010. Ms. Reed-Rowe served as a Senior Advisor to the Office of Performance Evaluation in the Department of State and as a Foreign Affairs Advisor from the Department of State to the Avian Influenza Action Group. Her Washington assignments include management positions in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Bureau of European Affairs and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. She served as a Desk Officer in the Bureau of African Affairs and an Examiner on the Board of Examiners in the Bureau of Human Resources. She served a one year assignment on Capitol Hill as a Pearson Fellow. Her overseas assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Majuro, Marshall Islands and supervisory management positions in U.S. Embassies in Jamaica, Ecuador, and Niger.