Colin Crosby in Thailand.

Colin Crosby in Thailand.

I am delighted to welcome Colin Crosby to Embassy Wellington as our new Political/Economic Counselor and head of our Pol-Econ department.

Colin is joined by his wife Vivian and their two boys, who tell me that they are looking forward to their new school and making lots of friends in New Zealand.

A seasoned veteran of high-pressure environments, Colin spent several years working crisis management jobs in Washington, including in the White House Situation Room.  His last position was as special policy assistant to Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the Department’s highest ranking Foreign Service Officer. (Deputy Secretary Burns served as Acting Secretary of State until Secretary Clinton was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in.)

Colin with two of his mates, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

Colin with two of his mates, former Presidents Bill Clinton & George H.W. Bush.

Colin has spent the majority of his career working on issues related to the Asia and Pacific regions. He has worked in Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines, as well as in Argentina. Although he only arrived a couple days ago, he is already settled in and working his way through the pile of documents on his new desk and a packed introductory meeting schedule.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Colin earned degrees from the University of Ohio and Princeton University.  Before joining the State Department, he was a teacher and taught at high schools in the United States and Japan. I have already talked to him about helping me with our classroom programs here in New Zealand.

Although I’ve only seen him in well-pressed suits and tasteful ties, Colin tells me that he is an avid runner and enjoys hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, as well as travel and good food. He has a particular taste for sushi and authentic Thai food, so let me know if you have any Wellington recommendations I can pass along.

If you see Colin around town, with or without Bill and George, please say hello.