Herbert J. Ellison Memorial Lecture

2019 – Ambassador Pamela Spratlen

Three Decades after Independence from Moscow: Change and Stability in Central Asia



When: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Lecture and discussion: 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: Husky Union Building, Room 145, University of Washington

The event is free and open to the public.


About the Speaker

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen joined the U.S. Department of State, Office of Inspector General, Office of Inspections as the Senior Foreign Service Advisor in October 2019. A career member of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Spratlen has nearly 30 years of policy and leadership accomplishment across a wide variety of assignments, including her most recent position as the U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2015-2018). Before serving as the Ambassador to Uzbekistan, she was the Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic (2011-2014) and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Ambassador Spratlen’s senior Washington assignments include her roles as Director of Western European Affairs (2007-2008), Director of Central Asian Affairs (2006-2007), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia (December 2007-May 2008) and Special Assistant to eh Counselor of the State Department (2005-2006). Ambassador Spratlen served overseas as Consul General in Vladivostok, Russia (2002-2004). Prior to that, she served as Assistance Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2000-2002). She was a Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu in 2004-2005. Ambassador Spratlen served in two multilateral missions, including the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (USOECD-Paris, 1995-1998) and the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States (USOAS, 1992-1994). She worked in the Executive Secretariat of the State Department (1999-2000) and spent her first tour in Guatemala (1990-1992).

Ambassador Spratlen received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and she also holds master’s degrees from the Army War College (Strategic Studies — Distance, 2006) and the University of California at Berkeley (Public Policy, 1981). Ambassador Spratlen has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards at State. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she served for almost nine years as a professional committee staff member in the California Legislature. Ambassador Spratlen speaks Russian, French, and Spanish.