Wendy J. Chamberlin was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on July 18, 2001, and arrived in Islamabad on August 13. She presented her credentials to the President of Pakistan, General Pervaiz Musharraf, on September 13, 2001.
Ms. Chamberlin was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) from August 1999 until her nomination as Ambassador to Pakistan. She was the U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 1996-99.
Ms. Chamberlin is a career Foreign Service Officer who joined the State Department in 1975. Her Middle Easter and South Asian experience includes a tour as political/military officer in the Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, Acting Director of Regional Affairs, Director of Press and Public Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, and as Special Assistant for South Asian Affairs to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. In addition, she followed Southeast Asian Affairs while serving on the personal staff of the Deputy Secretary of State and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs.
Her assignments abroad include tours in Laos, Morocco, Zaire, and Malaysia. While serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur from 1993-96 she received the Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award for outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission.
Ms. Chamberlin’s White House experience includes an appointment as Director for Counter-terrorism Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) under President George H. Bush.
Ms. Chamberlin was born in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 12, 1948. She received a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1970 and a Masters degree from Boston University in 1971. She is a member of the Northwestern University Council of 100, an organization that honors outstanding women alumni.
After completing her university studies, she taught history and education at the Lao National Teachers College in Vientiane, Laos. She is fluent in Lao and French. Ms. Chamberlin has two daughters.