Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch (张之香) became the first Asian American to hold ambassadorial rank in U.S. history when President George H.W. Bush appointed her U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989. Her career has spanned 25 years in government service, where she held various senior positions in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Information Agency, Agency for International Development, State Department, and the Peace Corps. She was also the first Asian American to become Group Executive Vice President at the Bank of America, as well as President of the US-Japan Foundation. Born in Shandong and a native of Shanghai, Ambassador Bloch returned to China in 1998, where she taught and promoted American Studies at Peking University in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai. She is currently the Founding President of the US-China Education Trust, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and various non-profit boards.