Ms. Jennifer Z. Galt was confirmed on August 5 by voice vote in the US Senate as the new US Ambassador to Mongolia, succeeding Piper A. W. Campbell, who will depart Ulaanbaatar on August 11 to take up a new posting in Washington DC. Under the US Constitution, the President nominates ambassadors subject to the “advice and consent” of the US Senate. Ambassador-designate Galt will arrive in UB sometime in this month or early next, whereupon she will present her credentials to President Ts. Elbegdorj. Between Ambassador Campbell’s departure and Ambassador-Designate Galt’s arrival, current Deputy Chief of Mission Kirk McBride will serve as Charge d’Affaires, i.e. acting ambassador.
Ms. Galt, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China. Previously, Ms. Galt served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Public Affairs, 2011 to 2012, and as a Public Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels from 2010 to 2011. From 2008 to 2010, she served as Deputy Director in the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Ms. Galt also served as a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, 2003 to 2007 and as Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 2000 to 2003. Ms. Galt received a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. from the National Defense University.