Julie Chung, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.
Julie Chung assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August 2014. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.
Ms. Chung joined the Foreign Service in 1996, spending her first tour in Guangzhou as a consular officer. In Tokyo, she worked as the bilateral trade officer for the civil aviation and automobile sectors. While posted to the Office of Korean Affairs, she traveled frequently to Pyongyang representing the U.S. working level group for the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization. In Hanoi as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer, she coordinated interagency public diplomacy initiatives during the 10th year anniversary of normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations and also served as coordinator for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
As Deputy Political Counselor in Bogota, Ms. Chung managed bilateral issues on human rights, human trafficking, labor, and extraditions. She was posted to Baghdad as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor in the Office of Foreign Assistance where she coordinated the programs, budgets, and policies of thirteen U.S. agencies and the Department of Defense that provided aid to Iraq. Most recently, as Counselor for Economic Affairs in Bangkok, she led efforts to expand the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the United States and Thailand.
Ms. Chung received a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and an MA in International Affairs and Economic Policy from Columbia University.
Ms. Chung speaks Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Spanish. She is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior, Meritorious, and Franklin awards.