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Friday, July 22, 2022

MaryKay Loss Carlson is new U.S. Ambassador to Manila

MANILA - Washington has named MaryKay Loss Carlson as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines.


Carlson succeeded Ambassador Sung Kim, who led the U.S. Mission from 2016 to 2020. She was formerly the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  


She also previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in New Delhi, India, and as Principal Deputy Executive Secretary on the staff of the Secretary of State in Washington. 

“I am thrilled to be in the Philippines and honored to represent the United States in this important relationship. With the Philippines, our oldest treaty ally in Asia, we have a long history of shared sacrifice and incredibly close people-to-people ties,” Carlson said. 


“I look forward to working with the new government and our partners to upgrade and modernize our alliance to face new challenges, expand bilateral trade and investment, and promote democratic freedoms and good governance,” she added. 


A Foreign Service officer since 1985, Carlson has also been posted to U.S. Diplomatic Missions in China, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic.  


She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and her Master’s degrees in International Relations from Georgetown University and in National Security Studies from the National War College.  


The U.S. Embassy said Heather Variava, who has been serving as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim since September 2021, will remain in Manila as Deputy Chief of Mission. 


“I thank Heather for her remarkable leadership and for the outstanding work she has done to promote our close partnership with the Philippines.I look forward to working closely with her, and with the team at the U.S. Embassy, to further strengthen our ties with the Philippines as enduring friends, partners, and allies,” Carlson said. (Mindanao Examiner)