Valerie Crites Fowler is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister Counselor. From 2012-2015, she served in the Bureau of Public Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Acting Assistant Secretary of State. Prior to her arrival in Sydney in September 2016, Valerie served as Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Foreign Service.
From 2009-2012, Ms. Fowler served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, overseeing U.S. bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and Maldives. In 2008-2009, Ms. Fowler served as Director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team and Sub-National Governance Office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, leading the U.S. civilian presence across the country. From 1989 to 2008, Ms. Fowler served in a number of positions specializing in public diplomacy and public affairs, including overseas assignments in Singapore, Pretoria, Thessaloniki, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Her assignments in Washington include three years in the State Department Operations Center, including as Director of Crisis Management Support from 2002-2004.
She is a graduate of Stanford University and a distinguished graduate of the National War College. Her awards include the U.S. Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award (2009) and multiple State Department Superior Honor awards.
Consul General Fowler is accompanied at post by her husband, CAPT Charles W. Fowler III, U.S. Navy (Ret).