Caroline Kennedy is currently the United States Ambassador to Australia. She previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2013 - 2017. In recognition of her efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, in November 2021 the Japanese government awarded her the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest honor for which foreigners are eligible.
Ambassador Kennedy is the author or editor of eleven best-selling books on constitutional law, American history, politics and poetry. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, she is Honorary President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and a member of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Committee.