Julie Furuta-Toy serves as Chargé d'affaires, or Acting Ambassador.
Furuta-Toy arrived in Oslo, Norway in August 2012. Prior to her arrival in Norway, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana (2009-2012).
A member of the Senior Foreign Service, she is the former Director of the Office of Children's Issues (2007-2009) and Director of the Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison of the Visa Office (2004-2007), both in the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Since entering the Foreign Service in 1986 she has lived in the Philippines, Venezuela, Haiti, India, and Russia. In addition to her tours in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, she has served in Washington, D.C. in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and Human Resources.
Ms. Furuta-Toy has a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside, a Master's degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, and a Master's degree in Security Studies from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She is married and has two children.
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved President Obama's nomination of Mr. George James Tsunis as new Ambassador to Norway. His nomination awaits confirmation by the full Senate, depending on the Senate schedule and other matters.