On May 25, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Mark C. Storella to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia. The WH released the following brief bio:
Mark C. Storella is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He previously served as Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. Mr. Storella was also the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His other overseas assignments include Rome, Paris, Bangkok and a previous tour in Phnom Penh. In Washington, Mr. Storella worked on the NATO and Japan desks, and as Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the Department of State.
He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College and an M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
If confirmed, this would be Mr. Storella’s first ambassadorial appointment. He would take over Michael Koplovsky, the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy Lusaka.