Wed September 12, 2012
Clay Pell to wed former Olympic skater Kwan
As the Washington Post reports, Clay Pell, grandson of the late and esteemed former RI senator Claiborne Pell, is engaged to Olympic skating great Michelle Kwan:
Engaged:Michelle Kwan, 32, and Lt. Clay Pell, 30, reports People. She’s the legendary figure skating champion who has made Washington her home since getting her master’s in foreign policy last year; he’s a Coast Guard lawyer currently working at the White House’s National Security Council — and yes, a grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.). Dating since April 2011, they got engaged on Block Island over Labor Day. Since starting her new life in D.C., Kwan has mostly been visible in her unpaid work as a State Department public-diplomacy envoy and as a member of its council to promote women’s sports worldwide — though we do catch her now and then out at cool restaurants, stepping out in high society, or rocking an amazing gold bandage dress at a state dinner
Pell had previously won a 2011-2012 White House fellowship:
Clay Pell, Providence, RI. Clay Pell is a JAG and Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard. He has served as Admiral’s
Aide, Appellate Government Counsel, and Adjunct Faculty for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. Clay executes regular Coast Guard
exchanges with China to improve military diplomacy, instructs courses on human rights and military justice, and has prosecuted crimes for the U.S. Marine
Corps. Prior to military service, Clay worked for the CIA, State Department, and the international law firms of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Baker &
McKenzie, and Uría Menéndez. He helped lead a national campaign to increase funding for inexpensive, lifesaving medicines for children under five. In Rhode
Island, Clay supported Progreso Latino, the International Institute, and the China Working Group in their drive to instruct foreign languages in local
schools and provide critical services to communities of new Americans. Clay is fluent in Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic and studied law in China and Argentina.
He graduated first in his class from the Coast Guard Direct Commission Officer School, earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, and graduated from Harvard
University with high honors in Social Studies and a Citation in Modern Standard Arabic. Clay is a recipient of the CIA’s Exceptional Performance Award.
Placement: National Security Staff, The White House
The late Senator Pell, meanwhile, got name-checked by the New York Times last weekend in a story on the fate of federal efforts to fund college tuition.