Kristine L. Pelz, a career U.S. diplomat, has been the Senior Advisor/Executive Secretary to the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament since August 2011. She serves as principal point of contact for the Delegation on issues related to biological and conventional weapons, and also as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN First Committee (Disarmament) in New York each October. In addition to previous assignments as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and at the U.S. Mission to NATO, she has served in Afghanistan, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and the Seychelles.