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Julie Furuta-Toy

Ambassador

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

 Julie Furuta-Toy was confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on October 22, 2015.  Ambassador Furuta-Toy is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor.  She earned a B.A. from the University of California at Riverside in 1981, a M.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1984, and a M.S. from the National Defense University in 2004.

Ambassador Furuta-Toy has demonstrated outstanding leadership, strong interpersonal and team-building skills, as well as expertise in administering development programs and doing consular work, during a 29 year career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Prior to her arrival in Malabo, Ambassador Furuta-Toy served as Charge d’Affaires and DCM at U.S. Embassy Oslo, Norway (2012-2015) and as DCM at U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (2009-2012).  Prior to that, she served in the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs as Director in both the Office of Children’s Issues (2007-2009) and the Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison (2004-2007).  Ambassador Furuta-Toy’s other overseas postings include Moscow, Mumbai, Port-au-Prince, and Manila, Philippines.  In Washington, she has served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and in the Bureau of Personnel.

Ambassador Furuta-Toy is married with two adult children.  She speaks Spanish and Russian.