Senate confirms Hawaii native as U.S. ambassador

United Nations

The U.S. Senate, including both Hawaii senators, voted Thursday to confirm Hawaii native Pamela Hamamoto as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva with the rank of Ambassador.

“Pamela will no doubt be able to draw on her experiences growing up in Hawaii and her wealth of professional expertise to fill this role with skill and acumen,” Sen. Mazie Hirono said.

“Pamela Hamamoto is well-prepared for this important role representing our country in the United Nations,” Sen. Brian Schatz said. “Pamela’s education and strong leadership experience makes her uniquely qualified to advance U.S. priorities in Geneva. I was proud to vote for her confirmation and know she will do well in her new position.”

Hamamoto was President Obama’s childhood friend and classmate. The Punahou School graduate has served in numerous executive roles in financial and educational institutions, including The Branson School, Marin Country Day School, Stanford University Athletic Board and Ring Mountain Day School. She served as a Vice President in Corporate Finance for Merrill Lynch & Co. and has also worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co., GTE Hawaiian Tel. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The United Nations Office at Geneva is one of three regional offices for the United Nations, along with Nairobi and Vienna. With more than 1,600 staff and thousands of meetings each year, the Geneva office is the biggest duty station outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The office serves as a liaison between permanent missions, governments, research institutions and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

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