Kurt Tong

Kurt Tong

Deputy Chief of Mission
U.S. Department of State

Kurt Tong has served as the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission since December 2011. Previously, he was the U.S. Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), managing all aspects of U.S. participation in APEC, while concurrently serving as the Economic Coordinator for the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, organizing bureau-wide efforts on economic policy issues.

Mr. Tong has spent 17 years working and studying in East Asia, including service at the U.S. Embassies in Manila, Tokyo (1996-1999), Beijing and Seoul. He was Director for Korean Affairs at the Department of State from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as Director for Asian Economic Affairs at the National Security Council from 2006 to 2008. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of Economics from 1995 to 1996. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Mr. Tong was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo.

Mr. Tong holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and studied graduate-level economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He has also studied at the Beijing Institute of Education, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, and International Christian University in Tokyo.

Mr. Tong speaks and reads Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. He has published articles in Nihon Keizai Kenkyu (an academic journal of the Japan Center for Economic Research) and in Foreign Policy. He was born in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts, and enjoys soccer, tennis and other sports. Mr. Tong is married to Dr. Mika Marumoto, and they have three children.