Ambassador Piper Campbell joined the U.S. Mission to ASEAN as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., in June 2018. Ambassador Campbell previously served as Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar from 2012-2015. Ambassador Campbell is a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, and has a long history of work in both the multilateral field and East Asia.
In 2017-2018, Ambassador Campbell led an internal State Department effort to reform and improve its management and human resource systems and ran the Department’s recruitment and examination of Foreign Service Officers, as well as other internship and Fellowship programs. She was an Assistant Professor for National Security Studies at the National War College from 2015 until 2017, designing a regional studies program and leading student groups to China and Indonesia. Before her nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, she was Consul General in Basrah, Iraq (2011-2012) and chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew and subsequently to Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides (2009-2011). Earlier, she worked in the Philippines; provided support to the three U.S. missions in Belgium (Embassy Brussels, USNATO and USEU); and served in the State Department’s Operations Center and Bureau of International Organization Affairs. She worked on international security and humanitarian issues, with a focus on Asia, at the U.S. Missions to the United Nations in both New York and Geneva and served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has been seconded at various times to the Department of Defense, the US Agency for International Development, and a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
Ambassador Campbell holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, with a certificate in Asian studies. She has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an honorary MS in International Strategic Studies from the National War College. Her awards include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award and multiple Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State.