Kristina A. Kvien (born January 15, 1965) is an American diplomat who, as chargée d'affaires, served from May to June 2019 as the acting United States Ambassador to Ukraine. Since June 18, 2019, she has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United States in Ukraine.
Kvien was born in Orange County, California, the daughter of John and Karen Linquis Kvien. She earned a bachelor's degree from Occidental College. After graduation from Occidental, she worked as a market researcher and then pursued graduate studies at Stockholm University in Sweden. She later earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
Foreign Service career
Kvien joined the Foreign Service in 1992, and her first assignment was as a consular officer in Paris. She later served as an Economics Officer at the US Embassy in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Subsequently, she served in the European Bureau in Washington, D.C., focusing on EU and OECD issues. She was then assigned as a desk officer for Slovenia. From 2001 to 2005, she served at the US Mission to the EU in Brussels as an Economics Officer and then was transferred to the US Embassy in Moscow, working on environment and energy issues. Kvien then became Director for EU Affairs, EU Economies and Caspian Energy, Ukraine and Belarus at the National Security Council.
Thereafter, she accepted a post in London overseeing US-UK economic relations, covering finance and banking issues, civil aviation, terrorist financing, labor and energy issues. Kvien has also served in Thailand, as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Bangkok. Before being posted to Ukraine, Kvien served at the US Embassy in Paris from 2016 to April 2019 as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs. At the US Embassy in Ukraine, Kvien assumed the post of chargée d'affaires from Joseph S. Pennington on May 28, 2019. Upon the appointment of former ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. as the new chargé d'affaires, Kvien relinquished that post on June 18, 2019. Since then, she has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Ukraine.