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Portlander nominated to senior APEC post

MATTHEW J. MATTHEWSFormer Portlander Matthew J. Matthews has been nominated to be the ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Forum.

President Barack Obama forwarded Matthews’ nomination to the U.S. Senate on Monday, Oct. 5. If approved, Matthews would be the U.S. senior official at the forum.

Matthews, a University of Oregon graduate who grew up in Portland, is a career Senior Foreign Service officer. He has been deputy assistant secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands since mid-June. Prior to that, he was the foreign policy adviser to Admiral Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command from 2013 to 2015, and the deputy principal officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013.

No date has been set for the Senate to take up Matthews’ nomination.