On May 21st, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Nancy Powell as Director General of the Foreign Service (DGHR).
Ambassador Nancy Powell currently serves as Ambassador to Nepal. She was U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (2002-2004), Ghana (2001-2002), and Uganda (1997-1999). Previous overseas assignments have included Ottawa, Kathmandu, Islamabad, Lome, Calcutta, New Delhi, and Dhaka.
In Washington she has served as a Refugee Assistance Officer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Acting Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Activities, Senior Coordinator for Avian Influenza, and the National Intelligence Officer for South Asia at the National Intelligence Council.
Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Ambassador Powell joined the Foreign Service in 1977 following 6 1/2 years as a high school social studies teacher in Dayton, Iowa. She is a 1970 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She has studied French, Nepali, Hindi and Urdu.
She is the recipient of the Partnership for Public Service 2006 Service to America Homeland Security Medal and the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award.
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Ambassador Powell has been US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal since July 2007. She is career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister. She would succeed Harry K. Thomas, Jr. who has been DG since September 2007.
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2006 Homeland Security Medal Recipient