Tressa Rae Finerty is a senior diplomat, and foreign policy advisor, with extensive experience leading teams at U.S. missions to the United Nations and collaborating with ASEAN, EU, NATO, and AU organizations. She has managed billions of dollars of U.S. humanitarian funding and taught university courses at NYU and led crisis response teams. Tressa began her diplomatic career in 2002 and has also served at the U.S. embassies in Malaysia, Armenia, and Thailand. She holds a BA and MBA from George Washington University and is a member of the Board of Directors of Up with People. Tressa and her spouse, Christian Lilley, currently reside in downtown Washington, DC.