First out lesbian, LGBTQ person of color confirmed to ambassador-level post

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02/15/2022

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chantale Wong as the U.S. Director to the Asian Development Bank, making her the first out lesbian and LGBTQ person of color to be appointed to an ambassador-level position. The Senate voted 66-31 to confirm Wong to her new position, with all of the upper chamber’s Democrats and 16 Republicans voting in favor of her nomination. Wong, who previously served as chief financial officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, budget director of NASA, acting director of the U.S. Treasury Department, and a U.S. representative to the Asian Development Bank, was nominated by President Biden last July. Wong holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a master’s in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She also helped establish the Conference on APA Leadership, which helps guide young Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans seeking careers in public service.

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