Deputy Chief of Mission
Gwen Cardno has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok since August 2022. She previously served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Rangoon and the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.
Gwen also served as a National Security Council Director for Iraq, the Deputy Director of the China and Mongolia Desk at the State Department, an advance officer for Secretaries Powell and Rice, and an assessor for the State Department’s Board of Examiners.
In addition to two tours in China, Gwen also served as the American Presence Post Officer in Alexandria, Egypt; the Staff Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Mission for Assistance Transition at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq; the Refugee Coordinator in Afghanistan; and the Economic Officer covering development assistance at the U.S. Embassy in London.
Before joining the State Department, Gwen worked in investment banking. She holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University. She is joined in Bangkok by her husband and two daughters.