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.