Shelly Seaver, a career Foreign Service Officer, is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia. Ms. Seaver most recently held the position of Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic where she frequently served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission. As Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Seaver managed over $6 million worth of programming related to educational exchanges, American Corners, youth outreach, media and culture. Over the course of her fourteen year State Department career, Ms. Seaver has served as Information Officer in Sofia, Bulgaria; Vice Consul in Frankfurt, Germany; and Public Affairs Officer in Podgorica, Montenegro. She has received numerous State Department awards, including Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Service Increase for her work in Public Diplomacy. Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Seaver worked at the Library of Congress and Woodrow Wilson Center administering educational and professional exchange programs. A native of Orlando, Florida, Ms. Seaver is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is professionally proficient in Russian. She is the proud mother to three young children who share her avid interests in skiing, hiking and swimming.