Arend Zwartjes arrived in Cambodia in 2017 as the Public Affairs Officer.
Arend joined the United States Department of State in January 2003 and served as a Consular Officer in Guangzhou, China, for his first assignment. In Bridgetown, Barbados, Arend served as both a Consular Officer and also as a Political-Economic Officer responsible for all reporting for the countries of St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Arend then served as an Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer (ACAO) in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2009-2012, assisting in the launch of the one-of-a-kind @america (American Center) there. While in Jakarta, he worked on multiple Presidential and Secretary of State visits, including the 2011 East Asia Summit in Bali, where he also arranged round-robin television interviews for Secretary Clinton with the major U.S. networks.
Arend served as the Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 2013- 2016. There, he worked on several high level visits, and oversaw the first ever Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit, including a town hall with President Obama, in November 2015.
Arend received his B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he met his wife Melany. They have three children, Esmay, Ava, and Chace. Before joining the Foreign Service, Arend worked at various art institutions and in educational publishing, while also writing free-lance art reviews for national publications. Arend speaks Mandarin, Indonesian, Malay and Khmer.