Caryn R. McClelland began her assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Vietnam in September of 2017. Prior to this assignment Ms. McClelland served as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in Washington, DC; the Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Riga, Latvia; and as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, Indonesia, covering the Eastern half of the Indonesian archipelago from East Java to the Malukus, including the U.S. Consular Agency in Bali. She previously served as the Political-Economic Counselor in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Deputy Economic Counselor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the sole Political-Economic Officer in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; and as a Consular Officer in Dublin, Ireland. Ms. McClelland also served as a Senior Advisor to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy and as the Eurasia Regional Energy Officer in Washington.
She received master’s degrees from the National War College at the National Defense University and San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. Ms. McClelland speaks Latvian, Indonesian, and Russian.