The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen, presented her credentials to the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, on January 27, 2015. Ambassador Spratlen expressed her desire to continue strong, candid, and fruitful cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United States, as the two countries have been engaged in a full range of bilateral issues for over two decades.
Ambassador Spratlen was confirmed by the Senate on November 20, 2014. She arrived in Tashkent on January 19, 2015.
A career member of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Spratlen has over 20 years of policy and leadership accomplishment across a wide variety of assignments, including her most recent position as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ambassador Spratlen’s senior Washington assignments include her roles as Director of Western European Affairs (2007-08), Director of Central Asian Affairs (2006-2007), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia (December 2007 – May 2008) and Special Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department (2005-2006). Ambassador Spratlen also served as Consul General in Vladivostok, Russia (2002-2004).
Ambassador Spratlen received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and holds master’s degrees from the Army War College and the University of California at Berkeley. Ambassador Spratlen has received numerous awards, including the State Department’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she served for almost nine years as a professional committee staff member in the California Legislature. Ambassador Spratlen speaks Russian, French, and Spanish.