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Mary Jo Wills is currently the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs since January 2009. Prior to that, she was Country Director for Southern Africa Affairs from August 2007 until January 2009. A career member of the foreign service since 1980, Ms. Wills has also been the Office Director of the Africa Bureau’s Economic Policy Staff from 2004-2007, an Economic Advisor in the Economic, Energy and Business Bureau from 2003-2004, and Deputy Principal Officer in the Milan Consulate from 1999-2002. Ms. Wills has also held positions in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Mexico and Niger.
Ms. Wills received her bachelor’s degree from Chatham College, a Master’s degree from the National Defense University—National War College and a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Tech. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech.
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If confirmed, Ms. Wills would succeed Puerto Rican businessman, Cesar Benito Cabrera. Mr. Cabrera who was also executive director of the GOP in Puerto Rico was appointed US Ambassador to Mauritius and Seychelles in 2006.