Robin McClellan arrived and commenced her duties as US Consul General Perth in late July 2004. She most recently served as chief of the economic section in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to her Malaysian assignment she was posted to Jakarta, Indonesia in economic and commercial positions from 1992 to 2001. She has also served in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs in Washington, as economic/commercial officer in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and as consular officer in Mexico.
Robin graduated from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri and then attended the University of Kansas, where she obtained a degree in Economics and Latin American Area Studies that incorporated study at the University of Costa Rica. She then completed a Master's Degree in Economic History from the University of Exeter, England. The State Department sponsored her study for a Master's of Business Administration at Duke University in 1998.
Robin first visited Australia in 1984. She had the good fortune to spend several months in Western Australia then, visiting Perth, Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie, and the southwest. She also stayed in Perth for three months in 1995, for the birth of her youngest daughter.