She will take over from U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, whose outstanding leadership during the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit capped her three years serving in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
McKee is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, who currently serves as Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Indonesia. Previously, she was Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and Chief Human Capital Officer in the USAID Office of Human Capital and Talent Management, and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning at USAID headquarters in Washington, D.C.
She has served at USAID Missions in Kazakhstan, Iraq, Peru, Bolivia, Israel and Russia. McKee earned a B.A. at the University of California at Davis, and an M.A. at the University of Washington. She speaks Russian, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesian.
U.S. Embassy Port Moresby says they are looking forward to welcoming Erin Elizabeth McKee to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.