Karen Brevard Stewart is the current ambassador to Laos. Ambassador Brevard-Stewart joined the foreign service in 1977. She has served throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, and Pakistan. She has also served in Belarus. Ambassador Brevard Stewart has received the Department of Sate Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards. She was also presented the first Diplomacy for Freedom Award for her embassy's work in Belarus in support of democracy and human rights.