Ambassador Michele J. Sison
Michele J. Sison has served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives since 2012. Ambassador Sison previously served as Assistant Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq (2011-2012), U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon (2008-2010), and U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2004-2008). She holds the rank of Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Sison's earlier assignments include service as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (2002-2004); Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan (1999-2002); Consul General/Principal Officer in Chennai, India (1996-1999); and tours in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, and Haiti.
Sison also served as the State Department’s Director of Career Development and Assignments (2010-2011).
Ambassador Sison is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Distinguished Service Award, U. S. Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and the U.S. Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. She also holds numerous U.S. Department of State awards, including Superior Honor Awards and Ambassadorial-level awards for counter-proliferation efforts (2008) and anti-trafficking in persons work (2005).
Ambassador Sison received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and also studied at the London School of Economics. She joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1982. Ambassador Sison is an active member of the Women in Public Service Project and has lectured at the Women in Public Service Project Summer Institute. She is the mother of two grown daughters.