On August 10, 2021, US President Joe Biden nominated Victoria Reggie Kennedy as US Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. She was confirmed by the Senate on October 26 and sworn in on November 16. Prior to her appointment, the Ambassador practiced corporate governance and regulation at international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC, developing strategies to solve complex business problems.
The ambassador was actively involved in the business community in New England and especially in Boston. She was a board member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, where she advocated for policies to promote economic growth. This opened up new economic opportunities for companies and their employees in the region. She is also a co-founder and Honorary President of the Board of Directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the American public’s understanding of democracy.
In addition, Victoria Kennedy was also involved in the arts. She was a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she chaired the board of education for more than a decade, and served on the Board of Directors of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for many years.
The ambassador has campaigned for women’s rights, as well as for diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace. She supports gun violence prevention and is co-founder of the non-profit organization Common Sense About Kids and Guns. Prior to that, she served on the board of directors of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for ten years. Victoria Kennedy was an active participant in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, advocating for the expansion of medical research and access to health care for all Americans.
Victoria Kennedy earned a BA in English from Newcomb College in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School in New Orleans. She has received numerous awards, including eight honorary doctorates.