United States Ambassador Michelle Kwan Takes Up Her Post in Belize
Pictured Above: Ambassador Michelle Kwan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Belize with Belize Governor General of Belize HE Dame Froyla Tzalam after presenting her Letters of Credence.
Michelle Kwan was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Belize on October 7, 2022. Ambassador Michelle Kwan, on December 5, 2022, presented her Letters of Credence to Governor General of Belize HE Dame Froyla Tzalam and reaffirmed U.S. commitment to strengthening the 41-year U.S.-Belize alliance to foster a secure, democratic, and prosperous Belizean society.
The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas welcomes and congratulates Ambassador Kwan on her appointed to the Belize. People of Caribbean descent represents up to 10 percent of the population of the Greater Houston Area. There are over nineteen Caribbean cultural organizations, seven Caribbean consulates, with the Belize Association of Houston playing a vital and active role the Caribbean Diaspora.
Ambassador Kwan has had a distinguished career in public service, diplomacy, and sports. She represented the United States as the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, having won 43 championships, including five world championships, nine national titles, and two Olympic medals. She became the first Public Diplomacy Envoy in 2006 and for a decade traveled extensively on behalf of the U.S. Department of State to engage youth around the world on social and educational issues. Ambassador Kwan also served as the Treasurer and Board Member of Special Olympics International.
During her nomination by Biden last December, Kwan said, "If confirmed, I will be very proud to serve my country. Belize is full of incredible history and culture, and has been a tremendous partner to the United States. I look forward to working with the Belizean government on economic issues, to put an end to this pandemic, and to address the root causes of migration."
After she earned a B.A. from the University of Denver with a focus on international relations and an M.A. from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, she became a Senior Advisor at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In addition, she served as an Advisor to the Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State where she assisted with the U.S.-China Women's Leadership Exchange and Dialogue. Kwan is fluent in Cantonese.
We again congratulates Ambassador Kwan and we look forward to working with her to strengthen bonds to the Belize Diaspora in Lone Star State of Texas.