Caroline Kennedy – the daughter of late US president John F Kennedy – will be the next US ambassador to Australia.
US president Joe Biden announced the appointment on Wednesday (US time). Kennedy served as ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017, during the Obama administration.
Kennedy is also known in New York City for her efforts to reform education, creating public-private partnerships to promote arts education, school libraries, and performing arts spaces.
She served as the CEO of the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the NYC Department of Education from 2002-2004, and vice-chair of the Fund for Public Schools from 2002-2010.
Kennedy is the only surviving child of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, and was five years old when her father was assassinated in 1963.
She replaces Arthur B Culvahouse Jr, who left the post earlier this year; he was appointed as Australian ambassador by the Trump administration in 2019.
In a statement released to media, Kennedy said she looked forward to collaborating with the Australian government to strengthen its alliance with the US, improve global health and increase vaccine access and address the climate crisis.
“I am excited to get to know the Australian people, learn about their fascinating country and share with them what I love most about America,” she said.
She also paid tribute to the courage of Solomon Islanders and Australian coast watchers who rescued her father during World War II.
“If confirmed, I will work hard to repay this debt,” Kennedy said.
Her nomination now must be confirmed by the US Senate.