Officially In: Helen Reed-Rowe to Koror

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On May 17, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Helen Reed-Rowe to be Ambassador to the Republic of Palau. The WH released the following brief bio:

Helen Reed-Rowe is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Office of Performance Evaluation in the Department of State.  She previously served as the Foreign Affairs Advisor from the Department of State to the Avian Influenza Action Group. Washington assignments also include Post Management Officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Management Officer in Bureau of European Affairs; Desk Officer in the Bureau of African Affairs; and an Examiner on the Board of Examiners in the Bureau of Human Resources.  Overseas posts include Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands; Supervisory General Services Officer in Jamaica; Regional Personnel Officer in Ecuador; and Personnel Officer in Niger. 

Ms. Reed-Rowe earned an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.

If confirmed, this would be Ms. Reed-Rowe’s first ambassadorial appointment.

Since 1996, the US Ambassador to the Philippines has also been accredited to the Republic of Palau. Career diplomat, Thomas C. Hubbard was the first dual hatted ambassador who was a resident in Manila but also accredited to Koror.  That does not seem to be the case anymore.


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Officially In: Osvaldo Gratacós to Ex-Im Bank/IG

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On May 12, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Osvaldo Gratacós to be Inspector General for the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The WH released the following brief bio:

Osvaldo Gratacós has been serving as the Acting Inspector General for the Export-Import Bank of the United States since October 2009. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Inspector General and Legal Counsel for the Ex-Im Bank OIG.  Prior to that, Gratacós was a commercial counsel at Motorola, Inc. providing legal support to the U.S. Federal Government Markets Division and the Government and Public Sector in the Latin America & Caribbean Region. He also served as attorney advisor and then the Legal Counsel (Acting) to the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General, including work on OIG’s worldwide operations of oversight, audits and investigative responsibilities over reconstruction and humanitarian work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Latin America. Gratacós was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Virginia, School of Continuing & Professional Studies in Falls Church, Virginia where he taught international purchasing and business transactions. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico; a Professional M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and a J.D. from the University of Florida.


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http://www.exim.gov/oig/index.cfm
http://www.exim.gov/oig/senior_staff.cfm

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Officially in: Mark Feierstein to USAID/LAC

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On May 12, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Mark Feierstein to be Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean for USAID.  The WH released the following brief bio:

Mark Feierstein is a principal and vice president at the international polling firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. He has overseen public opinion research in over 30 countries, gaining insights into the views of citizens around the world on a range of topics.  Before joining Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, Feierstein served as director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s global elections office. He also worked in the State Department as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, where he negotiated with diplomats from the Americas on an array of regional issues.  Prior to that, he was director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, overseeing programs to strengthen democratic institutions in developing countries.  Feierstein, who is fluent in Spanish, has worked as a journalist in the United States and in Mexico and has published articles on international issues for leading major newspapers and journals.

He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University and his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Officially In: Phillip Carter to Abidjan

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On May 7, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Phillip Carter to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. The WH released the following brief bio:

Phillip Carter is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the African Affairs Bureau. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs and has also served as the Director for West African Affairs and the Deputy Director in the Office for East African Affairs. Overseas posts include Deputy Chief of Mission in Madagascar and Gabon; Economic and Commercial Officer in Bangladesh and Malawi; Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Winnipeg, Canada; and Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Ambassador Carter received an M.A in International and Development Economics from Yale University and earned a B.A. in Economics and History from Drew University.

If confirmed, this would be Ambassador Carter’s second ambassadorial appointment.  He would succeed Wanda Nesbitt, a career diplomat and former PDAS at the Consular Bureau who was appointed chief of mission to the US Embassy in Abidjan in 2007.  

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Officially In: Gerald Feierstein to Sana’a

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On May 7, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Gerald Feierstein to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen. The WH released the following brief bio:

Gerald Feierstein is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. He previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Programs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. His overseas assignments include Tunis, Riyadh, Peshawar, Muscat, Jerusalem and Beirut. Earlier, he served as Desk Office for Nepal, Pakistan and Egypt; Deputy Director in the Office of the Arabian Peninsula Affairs; Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs; and as Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau. Feierstein holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Point Park College and an M.A. in International Relations from Duquesne University.

If confirmed, this would be Mr. Feierstein’s first ambassadorial post. He would succeed career diplomat, Stephen A. Seche who was appointed to the US Embassy in Sana’a in 2007. List of chiefs of mission to Yemen is here.

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Officially In: Peter Michael McKinley to Bogota

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On May 7, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Peter Michael McKinley to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia. The WH released the following brief bio:

P. Michael McKinley is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Peru. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’ Affaires at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Ambassador McKinley was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’ Affaires at U.S. Embassies in Mozambique, Uganda, and Belgium.  Earlier assignments include U.S. Embassy London, three tours in Washington and Bolivia. Ambassador McKinley completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom, and has a doctorate from Oxford University.

If confirmed, Ambassador McKinley would succeed three times ambassador, Bill Brownfield who was appointed to the US Embassy in Bogota in 2007. List of US Ambassadors to Colombia is here.


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