WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 24, 2013) — Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the slaign President John Fitgerald Kennedy, and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, is selected as the next Ambassador to Japan.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary reported that President Barack Obama made his intent to nominate Kennedy to the Department of State post with his decision on other individuals to key Administration posts in June.
Kennedy, 56, graduated from Radcliffe College and Harvard University. She later went on to receive a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. If confirmed by the Senate, Kennedy would become the first female American ambassador to Japan.
Caroline Kennedy is President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
In September 2012, she was appointed as a General Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. From 2002 to 2012, she served as Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City.
She is also on the Board of Directors of New Visions for Public Schools and serves as Honorary Chair of the American Ballet Theater. From 1998 to 2009, she served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
From 1994 to 2011, she served on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates. She is the editor of several New York Times best-selling books on topics including constitutional law, American history, politics, and poetry.
Other Obama appointess include Marcel Lettre to Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense; Robert M. Simon to Associate Director for Energy and Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Betty Sutton to Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
“These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles,” President Obama said. “Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”