Obama said that Kennedy will be an important addition "to our administration as we work to put our nation back on a path to prosperity and make our world more secure."
Kennedy has worked for the State Department since 1975. She is currently Deputy Commandant and a faculty member at the National War College. She received her BA in Asian Studies at Vassar.
Kennedy is the fourth Vassar graduate that Obama has nominated for a position. Not too shabby for a small school.
Image via Department of State.