Ambassador Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from September 2013 until January 2017, was responsible for U.S. policy and diplomatic relations with 50 countries spanning the continent from the United Kingdom to Russia, NATO, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service for 3 decades, she was posted in China, Russia, Mongolia and twice at NATO in Belgium. Her Foreign Service adventures included serving as: Spokesperson of the State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton; Ambassador to NATO under President George W. Bush; Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney; Political Officer at Embassy Moscow while the Soviet Union was breaking up; and junior member of the two-person team that opened the first U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaator. Before joining the State Department, she spent 6 months on a Soviet fishing trawler and a year as a Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Congressman. She grew up in New Haven, but escaped to Brown University for her B.A.