Pamela Quanrud is an international economist with nearly three decades experience in the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassies abroad, principally in countries in transition. She has served four agencies — State, Treasury, the National Security Council and the United States Trade Representative — and is currently the U.S. Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, resident Pretoria, South Africa, where she advises the U.S. Government and U.S. missions abroad on energy issues in Africa, including the President’s Power Africa Initiative and U.S. strategic and commercial interests.
Pam has an extensive background in energy, trade and finance, economic transition, the European Union, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet space, having lived and worked abroad for almost half her career. Her core accomplishments include pioneering an innovative approach to debt-for-non-proliferation-swaps with Russia in the late 1990s, setting in motion a dialogue at the United Nations that resulted in the creation of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, and catalyzing new thinking on the energy security relationship between Europe and Russia.
Individual positions Pam has held include Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns; Principal Deputy Executive Secretary to Secretary Hillary Clinton; Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs responsible for the 19 countries of the Nordic, Baltic, Central European and Germanic-speaking regions; Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland; Economic Minister Counselor in Moscow, Russia; Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council; and assignments to the U.S. Mission to the UN and Embassy Bonn at the time of German unification.