She was U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia until earlier this year. Prior to that, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the State Department for over two years. Ms. Pasi served as U.S. Ambassador to Chad from 2016-2018 and as U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti from 2011 to 2014. She previously served as the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State.
Ms. Pasi was also the Director of the Office of East African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2009 to 2011, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, from 2006 to 2009, and Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany from 2003 to 2006. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1988, Ms. Pasi also served at posts in Cameroon, Ghana, India and Romania.
Ms. Pasi graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She completed a Master’s Degree in French Studies (an interdisciplinary program focused on French politics and society) at New York University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked as an institutional financial market researcher in New York.
Ms. Pasi hails from central New York State. Her foreign languages include French, Hindi, Romanian and German.