Ambassador Jennifer Zimdahl Galt assumed her current position as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in July 2020.
Ambassador Galt is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Minister Counselor rank. Her most recent assignments include as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2017-19), as Ambassador to Mongolia (2015-17), and as Principal Officer Guangzhou (2012-15). Ambassador Galt’s previous postings overseas include the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai, the American Institute in Taiwan, and Belgrade.
In Washington, Ambassador Galt served most recently as Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Global Talent Management, and previously as Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Public Affairs, and as Deputy Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Ambassador Galt was awarded the 2015 Arnold L. Raphel award for excellence in mentoring and the 2015 Public Diplomacy Alumni Association award for exemplary public diplomacy outreach. She holds master's degrees from National Defense University and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws and a bachelor's degree in political science, history and languages from Colorado College in her home state of Colorado. She speaks Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, and Serbian.
(as of July 2020)