Frankie A. Reed arrived in Melbourne in March 2015 to assume the position of Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne. Most recently, she served as Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu from August 2011 until 2014. Prior to her Ambassadorship, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, responsible for relations with Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island posts (Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and, Palau). Consul General Reed has also served as a Diplomat in Residence at the University of California, Berkeley, as the Consul General and Deputy U.S. Observer to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France (2005-2008), as Deputy Chief of Mission in Conakry Guinea (2003-2005) and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Apia, Samoa (1999-2002).
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Reed’s earlier assignments include: Deputy Director in the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs; Political Section Chief in Dakar, Senegal; and Political Officer in Nairobi Kenya and Yaounde Cameroon. She has also worked as a Desk Officer in the Bureaus of African Affairs and Western Hemispheric Affairs. Ms. Reed is a member of the California Bar Association. She has J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Howard University, and has also studied at the Kogod School of Business, American University.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Reed practiced law, worked in print journalism and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Ms. Reed is from Baltimore, Maryland.