Ms. Oudkirk became the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan in July 2021. She has been in the United States Foreign Service for 30 years and is delighted to return to Taiwan, which was also her first overseas posting, as the first woman to serve as AIT Director.
From 2019 through 2021, she served concurrently as U.S. Senior Official for APEC and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Immediately prior, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy in the Energy Bureau. From 2017-2018 she served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Threat Finance and Sanctions in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Her previous overseas assignments include consular assignments at AIT/Taipei and Embassy Dublin as well as two assignments in Turkey (trade officer in Ankara 1999-2001 and Deputy Principal Officer in Istanbul 2006-2009), a tour as Narcotics Affairs Section Chief in Kingston, Jamaica and an assignment as the economic counselor in Beijing.
She has also served as the East Asian & Pacific Bureau staff assistant, the Burma/Laos desk officer, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and as the Director for the Middle East and Asia in the Energy Bureau. Ms. Oudkirk was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Turkish.