Gwen arrived in Yangon as the Deputy Chief of Mission in July 2020. Before her tour in Myanmar, she served as the Deputy Director of the China and Mongolia Desk at the U.S. Department of State from 2018-2020. From 2015-2018, she was the Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. She previously worked as an Iraq Director at the National Security Council, following a tour at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. She also led the American Presence Post in Alexandria, Egypt. Earlier in her career, Gwen served at the U.S. Embassies in Afghanistan, where she worked on refugee issues, and the United Kingdom, where she covered the UK’s international development policies. Previous to those assignments, Gwen was on the staff for Secretaries Powell and Rice, and she began her career at the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, China.
Before joining the Foreign Service in 1999, Gwen worked on the Emerging Markets Index Desk at ING Barings in New York, and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Columbia University. She is joined in Myanmar by her husband and their two daughters.