Kathleen A. Kavalec

American diplomat
Kathleen A. Kavalec
Kathleen A. Kavalec.jpg
United States Ambassador to Romania 22
Assuming office
PresidentJoe Biden
SucceedingDavid Muniz
Charge d'Affaires A.I
Personal details
BornCalifornia, USA[1]
EducationUniversity of California at Berkeley (B.A)
Georgetown University (M.S)
Kathleen Kavalec (center)

Kathleen Ann Kavalec is an American diplomat who is the current nominee to be the next US Ambassador to Romania. She is a former nominee to be the US Ambassador to Albania under President Donald Trump.

Early life and education

Kavalec earned her A.B. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.[2]


Kavalec is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister-Counselor. She has served as the Head of Mission at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2019. Previously, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Kavalec also served as the Director of the Office of Russian Affairs and the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission UNESCO in Paris, France. Kavalec was responsible for overseeing major U.S. foreign assistance programs as Deputy Coordinator for Assistance in the European Bureau, and as Director for Conflict Prevention in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Kavalec has served in places like Bucharest, Romania; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Moscow, Russia. Domestically, she served as a Legislative Management Officer in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs and has also served as Director of the Economic Unit in the Office of the Coordinator for Assistance for the New Independent States.

Albania Ambassador Nomination

On July 3, 2018, President Trump nominated Kavalec to be the next ambassador to Albania.[3][4] Her nomination expired at the end of the year and was ultimately returned to Trump.[5]

Romania Ambassador Nomination

On June 3, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Kavalec to be the ambassador to Romania.[2][6] Her nomination is currently pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.[7]

Awards and recognitions

Kavalec has won numerous State Department awards, as well as the Presidential Rank Award.

Personal life

Kavalec is a native of California. She speaks Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Russian.[2]


  1. ^ "Kathleen Ann Kavalec – nominated by Biden as US Ambassador to Bucharest".
  2. ^ a b c "President Biden Announces Key Nominees". The White House. 3 June 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts – The White House". The White House. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Kathleen Kavalec to replace Donald Lu as US Ambassador to Albania – Tirana Times". Tirana Times. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  5. ^ "PN2233 - Nomination of Kathleen Ann Kavalec for Department of State, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". www.congress.gov. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  6. ^ Fodor, Simona (6 June 2022). "Kathleen Ann Kavalec nominated as U.S. ambassador to Romania". Romania Insider. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  7. ^ "PN2222 - Nomination of Kathleen Ann Kavalec for Department of State, 117th Congress (2021-2022)". www.congress.gov. 7 June 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.

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