On May 27, President Obama announced his intent to nominate J. Thomas Dougherty to be Ambassador to Burkina Faso. The WH released the following brief bio:
Thomas Dougherty is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Mr. Dougherty previously served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs and Director for West African Affairs. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Malawi. Other overseas posts include Cameroon, Germany, Eritrea, the Republic of the Congo, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal.
Mr. Dougherty received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.