Julieta Valls Noyes, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was nominated by President Obama as Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia on March 26, 2015 and confirmed by the Senate on June 24, 2015. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the Department of State, where she was responsible for managing relations with the European Union and Western Europe.
Previously, she served as deputy executive secretary for the Department of State, where she oversaw the preparation of briefing materials and managed trips for the Secretary of State. She organized close to twenty trips by two Secretaries of State, traveling over 200,000 miles and visiting every continent. Ambassador Noyes was chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See from 2008-2011, and directed preparations for the visit of President Obama to the Vatican in summer 2009.
Ambassador Noyes was deputy director of the Operations Center, the 24-hour crisis management and communications center of the State Department. She has also served as the director of the office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and as deputy director of the office of Western Hemisphere Policy Planning and Coordination. As political chief at the U.S. Embassy in Panama from 1999-2002, she organized the ceremony to transfer the Canal to Panamanian control and negotiated a status of forces agreement, an achievement for which she earned a Distinguished Service Award. Ambassador Noyes has also served at the U.S. Embassies in Madrid and Guatemala, as desk officer for Greece and Panama, and as a vice consul on the Mexican border.
Ambassador Noyes speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and some French. A graduate of Wellesley College, she has a Master’s Degree from the Eisenhower College of the National Defense University. She is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. She is married to Nicholas Noyes, Jr., a retired Foreign Service Officer, and they have three children.