The President today announced his intention to nominate Julia Chang Bloch to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Nepal. She would succeed Milton Frank.
Since 1981 Ms. Bloch has served in several capacities for the Agency for International Development, including Assistant Administrator for the Asia and Near East Bureau, since 1987; Assistant Administrator for the Food for Peace and Voluntary Assistance Bureau, 1981 - 1987; and Special Assistant to the Administrator, 1981. Prior to this she was a fellow at the Institute of Politics of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1980 - 1981. She has also served as Deputy Director of the Office of African Affairs for the International Communication Agency, 1977 - 1980; and chief minority counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, 1976 - 1977. Ms. Bloch served as a staff member for the minority staff of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, 1971 - 1976. She served in various capacities with the Peace Corps, including evaluation officer, 1968 - 1970; training officer for the East Asia and Pacific Region, 1967 - 1968; and a volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia, 1964 - 1966. Ms. Bloch was awarded the Woman of the Year Award from the Organization of Chinese American Women, 1987; the Leader for Peace Award from the Peace Corps, 1987; and the Humanitarian Service Award from the Agency for International Development, 1987.
Ms. Bloch graduated from the University of California (B.A., 1964) and Harvard University (M.A., 1967). She was born March 2, 1942, in Chefoo, China. She is married and resides in Washington, DC.