Biography: Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva
Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto,
Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva
In May 2014, Pamela Hamamoto was sworn in by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as the 18th Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, becoming the second woman to serve in this position since 1958.
Ambassador Hamamoto began her career in the energy sector, working as a civil engineer for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., where she developed computer models to optimize hydroelectric energy generation along northern California river systems. Ambassador Hamamoto also worked in the telecommunications industry, providing strategic guidance to both GTE Corporation and GTE Hawaiian Tel as they expanded their operations into new products and markets. Throughout the 1990s, Ambassador Hamamoto worked as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and San Francisco and at Merrill Lynch & Co. in Los Angeles. More recently, she has served as a valued trustee and advisor to prominent educational institutions in California.
As Chief of Mission, Ambassador Hamamoto oversees a staff of around 250 diplomats and locally employed staff representing over 15 different U.S. government agencies. The United States Mission in Geneva advances U.S. policy on the frontlines of multilateral diplomacy at over 100 international organizations and manages U.S. relations with permanent missions representing over 160 different countries. U.S. Mission personnel engage daily on issues as diverse as refugee and migrant crises, global health, international law, economic development, internet governance, trade, climate change and the environment, arms control and human rights.
Ambassador Hamamoto has built on Geneva’s unique platform — with its unique collection of diplomats, policy makers, specialists, business leaders, research institutes, and civil society — to envision creative and tangible ways for collaboration that will unleash new opportunities for women and girls.
In February 2015, U.S. Mission Geneva launched The Future She Deserves, an initiative that has been driving collaboration and creative problem-solving in the areas of gender-based violence, adolescent girls’ health, economic empowerment, and leadership opportunities. And on July 1, 2015, Ambassador Hamamoto, Michael Møller (Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, UNOG), and Women@TheTable joined forces to launch Geneva Gender Champions, a leadership network bringing together key decision-makers to break down gender barriers. As of mid-2016, 115 Ambassadors, heads of International Organizations and leaders of other Geneva-based institutions had signed on as Geneva Gender Champions, making specific commitments on behalf of their organizations to advance gender equality.
Ambassador Hamamoto received a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1983 and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1990. She is married and has two children.