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Sheila Gwaltney Wikipedia
Sheila S. Gwaltney (born 1954) is a U.S. diplomat and as of November 2015 the current United States Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.
Gwaltney is from Woodland, California. Gwaltney earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations at the University of California, Davis, and a Master's degree at George Washington University. Gwaltney speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish.
Gwaltney joined the Department of State in 1984. Her overseas assignments have included Panama, Pretoria, and St. Petersburg. At the Department of State in Washington, D.C., she has also served as Deputy Director for the Office of Russian Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Director of Country Affairs for Eurasia. During her Foreign Service career, Gwaltney also spent one year at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University as a National Security Affairs Fellow. She has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Bishkek (1999–2001), Kiev (2004–2007), and Moscow (2011–2014).
On August 28, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Gwaltney to be the U.S. ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. She was confirmed by the Senate about a year later, on August 5, 2015.
Gwaltney is the recipient of several Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.