Judith Beth Cefkin

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Judith Beth Cefkin
Judith Beth Cefkin official photo.jpg
15th United States Ambassador to Fiji
In office
January 5, 2015 – February 25, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byFrankie A. Reed
Succeeded byJoseph Cella
12th United States Ambassador to Kiribati
In office
January 5, 2015 – February 25, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byFrankie A. Reed
Succeeded byJoseph Cella
13th United States Ambassador to Nauru
In office
January 5, 2015 – February 25, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byFrankie A. Reed
Succeeded byJoseph Cella
15th United States Ambassador to Tonga
In office
January 5, 2015 – February 25, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byFrankie A. Reed
Succeeded byJoseph Cella
13th United States Ambassador to Tuvalu
In office
January 5, 2015 – February 25, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byFrankie A. Reed
Succeeded byJoseph Cella
Personal details
Born1953 (age 67–68)
Colorado, U.S.
Spouse(s)Paul Boyd
Alma materSmith College
London School of Economics

Judith Beth Cefkin (born in 1953) is a diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Fiji. She formerly served concurrently as the ambassador to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu, while resident in Suva, Fiji. She was nominated by President Barack Obama[1] and confirmed by the Senate[2] on November 19, 2014.[3] Her term began January 5, 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Cefkin was born in Colorado to Rose (née) Mackanick and John Leo Cefkin.[4] She grew up in Ft. Collins, where her father was a professor of political science at Colorado State University.[5] Cefkin attended Smith College, where she earned a B.A. in Government in 1975. She then studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, earning a master's degree in International Relations in 1977.

Career[edit]

Ambassador Judith Cefkin speaks as USNS Mercy arrives at Suva Port, Fiji

After completing graduate studies, Cefkin became a television news producer.[6] She worked as a legislative intern in Washington, D.C. and also worked in the Office of Technology Assessment for Congress.

In 1983 Cefkin embarked on a career in the Foreign Service. Her assignments have included ones in Thailand, France, Mexico and The Philippines. She served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Cefkin is married to Paul Boyd, a foreign service officer who has also served as a police officer and member of the U.S Special Forces.[8] In addition to English she speaks French, Thai, Bosnian and Spanish.[9]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Frankie A. Reed
United States Ambassador to Fiji
2015–2018
Succeeded by
Michael B. Goldman
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim