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Kelly Craft    

U.S. Ambassador to United Nations; First Woman to be U.S. Ambassador to Canada

Kelly Craft is an American diplomat who is the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Craft was previously the United States ambassador to Canada, the first woman to hold the post. She was appointed by President George W. Bush as a U.S. alternate delegate to the United Nations in 2007, where her focus included U.S. engagement in Africa. She was a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Kentucky.

Outside of government, she headed Kelly G. Knight LLC, a business advisory firm based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Craft served on the board of trustees of her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, for a term beginning August 2016, but resigned to accept the Canadian ambassadorship a year later.

Craft was born in 1962 in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of the late veterinarian Dr. Bobby Guilfoil and Sherry Dale Guilfoil. Her father was a Democratic Party activist who once served as chairman of the Barren County, Kentucky Democratic Party. She grew up in Glasgow, Kentucky, and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1980. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1984.

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