Michele J. Sison

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Michele Sison
Michele Sison official photo.jpg
United States Ambassador to Haiti
Assumed office
February 21, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Peter Mulrean
United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations
In office
December 7, 2014 – February 21, 2018
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Rosemary DiCarlo
Succeeded by Jonathan Cohen
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Acting
In office
January 20, 2017 – January 27, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Samantha Power
Succeeded by Nikki Haley
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka
In office
September 14, 2012 – December 6, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Patricia A. Butenis
Succeeded by Atul Keshap
United States Ambassador to the Maldives
In office
September 9, 2012 – December 6, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Patricia A. Butenis
Succeeded by Atul Keshap
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
In office
January 25, 2008 – August 9, 2010
Acting: January 25, 2008 – September 4, 2008
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Jeffrey D. Feltman
Succeeded by Maura Connelly
United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
In office
February 7, 2005 – January 19, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Marcelle Wahba
Succeeded by Martin R. Quinn
Personal details
Born Michele Jeanne Sison
(1959-05-27) May 27, 1959 (age 59)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.[1]
Education Wellesley College (BA)
London School of Economics

Michele Jeanne Sison (born May 27, 1959 in Arlington, Virginia) is an American diplomat and career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently serving as the United States Ambassador to Haiti.[2] She has previously served in various other diplomatic posts around the world on behalf of the United States.

Early education and personal life[edit]

Sison earned her B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and also studied at the London School of Economics. She has two daughters.[3]

Career[edit]

Stephen J. Rapp, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, and Michele J. Sison talking with E. Saravanapavan in Jaffna on 8 January 2014. Some of the bullet holes and portraits of slain staff are visible on the wall behind them.
Secretary Kerry Sits With U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Sison and Former U.S. Special Envoy Stern During the Opening of the UN Signing Event for the COP21 Climate Change Agreement on Earth Day in New York

Sison's overseas assignments have included service as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (1999–2002) and as consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India (1996–1999). She also served at the U.S. Missions in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (1993–1996); Douala, Cameroon (1991–1993); Cotonou, Benin (1988–1991); Lomé, Togo (1984–1988); and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1982–1984), as well as in Washington. Ambassador Sison is the recipient of numerous U.S. Department of State awards for exceptional service.

She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates on May 6, 2004, and sworn in by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on July 12, 2004. Prior to her appointment to the UAE, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs, charged with providing broad policy oversight of U.S. relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.[4]

She also had a short stint as the U.S. Chargés d'affaires a.i. in Lebanon,[5] before her Senate confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon on August 1, 2008. Sison's assignment in Lebanon ended in August 2010.

She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2012, as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.[6]

On July 8, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Sison as Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and Deputy Representative of the United States in the Security Council of the United Nations.[7] She was confirmed by the Senate in a voice vote on November 19, 2014.[8]

On November 2, 2017, she was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Ambassador to Haiti, having been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump.[9] Among the major issues facing her in her new role will be navigating a response by the United Nations to victims of a cholera epidemic the organization started in October 2010. She will also be confronted with the U.S. government's pending decision on whether or not to extend Temporary Protected Status to Haitian immigrants who were in the U.S. at the time of the massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince in January 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllGov. "Ambassador to Haiti: Who Is Michele Sison?". Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Department of State. "U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele J. Sison". Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Michele J. Sison".
  4. ^ "Michele J. Sison: US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates". Asian Journal. 27 October 2009. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Deputy Chief of Mission - Beirut, Lebanon - Embassy of the United States". United States Department of State, Embassy of the United States in Beirut, Lebanon. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2010-12-13. Ambassador Michele J. Sison, Embassy of the United States, Sri Lanka and Maldives
  7. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts" (Press release). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. July 8, 2014.
  8. ^ Domani Spero (November 20, 2014). "Senate Confirmations 11/19: Cormack, Mustard, Miller, Cefkin, Yamate, Sison". Diplopundit.
  9. ^ United States Senate. "PN834 — Michele Jeanne Sison — Department of State". Retrieved December 23, 2017.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Marcelle Wahba
United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Martin R. Quinn
Preceded by
Jeffrey D. Feltman
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Maura Connelly
Preceded by
Patricia A. Butenis
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Atul Keshap
United States Ambassador to the Maldives
2012–2014
Preceded by
Rosemary DiCarlo
United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations
2014–2018
Succeeded by
Jonathan Cohen
Preceded by
Samantha Power
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Acting

2017
Succeeded by
Nikki Haley
Preceded by
Peter Mulrean
United States Ambassador to Haiti
2018–present
Incumbent