Officially In: Martha L. Campbell to Majuro

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On June 11, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Martha L. Campbell to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Official bio released by the WH below:

Martha Campbell has been a career member of the Department of State’s Foreign Service for 29 years. She currently serves as the Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, training State Department and interagency employees in support of foreign policy priorities around the world. She served previously as the Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organizations Affairs.

Ms. Campbell opened the Office of the U.S. Representative in Majuro in the Marshall Islands in 1987, after the United States signed the Compact of Free Association. Since she joined the Foreign Service in 1980, Ms. Campbell has served as Management Officer at U.S. Embassies in The Hague, Stockholm, Budapest, Majuro and Paramaribo, Suriname. She was also a consular officer in Rotterdam and Chief of the Political/Economic Section on a second tour in Paramaribo.

In Washington, Ms. Campbell served previously in the Executive Office of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management and as a Career Development Officer.

She is a graduate of the 46th Senior Seminar. Ms. Campbell received her B.A from Kalamazoo College and her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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If confirmed, Ms. Campbell would succeed career diplomat, Clyde Bishop who was appointed to post in 2006. The Officer of the U.S. Representative was opened at Majurio in Oct 21, 1986. It was upgraded to an Embassy Sept. 6, 1989. I can find no indication that a political appointee ever served in the Marshall Islands since we opened an embassy there.

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