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USPHS welcomes White House Ambassadorial Nomination Announcement

White House Announces Ambassadorial Nomination

MaryKay Carlson

Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Philippines

MaryKay Loss Carlson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Previously, she worked as Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, India for three years. Prior to that, she held the position of Principal Deputy Executive Secretary on the staff of the Secretary of State in Washington, D.C. A Foreign Service officer since 1985, she has also served at U.S. diplomatic missions in China (twice), Ukraine, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. Her domestic assignments include Director of the Secretary’s Executive Secretariat Staff and Deputy Director of Korean Affairs. Carlson has received numerous performance awards, including six Superior Honor Awards.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Carlson has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and holds Master’s Degrees from Georgetown University and the National War College. She speaks Spanish and Chinese.


The US-Philippines Society welcomes the announcement on February 4th of President Biden’s intent to nominate MaryKay Carlson as Ambassador to the Philippines. Once confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Society looks forward to working with the new Ambassador in support of shared U.S. and Philippine interests, building on an enduring relationship that recently observed a milestone 75th year of formal diplomatic ties.

The White House ambassadorial announcement represents a vital step in assuring strong diplomatic leadership at a key post during a challenging period in global and regional affairs. The Ambassador may be assured of the Society’s full and active support in exploring new opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the US-PH strategic partnership, promoting economic and commercial relations, strengthening people-to-people ties, and addressing trans-national threats, including the impact of climate change, the Covid pandemic, and more.

The US-Philippines Society, a bi-national non-profit organization, marks a decade of service this year and remains dedicated to raising awareness of today’s Philippines through programs and outreach, promoting a modern 21st century relationship between our two countries and peoples. The Society values its partnership with the U.S. and Philippine Governments, as well as a wide range of non-government organizations, and looks forward to supporting the new leadership at Embassy Manila.

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