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REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Austria

CANDIDATE: Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Victoria Reggie Kennedy is Senior Counsel in the corporate group of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP. She advises clients on governmental and regulatory strategy and brings together and leads collaborative teams of professionals to address a broad range of issues, including those relating to financial institutions, healthcare, the environment, technology, data privacy, corporate communications, public private partnerships, and diversity and inclusion. Kennedy also is the president of the board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-partisan non-profit that educates the public about the constitutional role of the U.S. Senate, encourages active citizenship, and works to inspire a new generation of civic and political leaders. Her extensive experience as a corporate attorney and civic leader makes Kennedy a well-qualified candidate to serve as ambassador to Austria.

Kennedy chairs the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and is on the Board of other non-profit and civic organizations. An advocate for gun safety, she was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C., and has served on the board of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston. She founded an advocacy group, Common Sense about Kids and Guns, aimed at reducing guns deaths and injuries to children.

Kennedy earned a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, at Newcomb College and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law. She clerked for Hon. Robert A. Sprecher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. She is the recipient of eight honorary degrees and numerous civic awards, including the Boston Business Journal Power 50 List, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement.

U.S. Department of State

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