President Donald Trump announced on Saturday his intent to appoint a woman from Guam, Yuri Kim, to be ambassador to the Republic of Albania.
Born in Korea, Kim immigrated with her family to Guam in 1974. She is a graduate of Academy of Our Lady of Guam.
Kim is a Senior Foreign Service Officer who has worked on key foreign policy and national security challenges across multiple regions, including China, North Korea, Turkey, Iraq, and NATO.
Yuri Kim holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Phil. from Cambridge University. She speaks Korean, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, and Turkish.
But in a 2010 address at her high school alma mater, Kim told Academy students that her success really began on Guam and at the Academy.
Yuri told the students how the education she received at the Academy had formed the foundation upon which she has built her career as a diplomat.
Recalling the teachers who had inspired her, she encouraged the Academians to use their time in school to “explore all possibilities, seize the many opportunities that the Academy will present, and work hard to make their dreams into realities.”
Kim has always been proud of her Guamanian heritage.
Kim said that when asked by world leaders where she’s from, she would proudly say that Guam was her home.
By the time she has become acquainted with various world leaders and diplomats, Kim said they have learned more about Guam, satisfying her desire to also be Guam’s ambassador to the world.