Officially In: Robert P. Mikulak to OPCW

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On July 9, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Robert P. Mikulak to be the United States Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with the rank of Ambassador during his tenure. The WH released the following brief bio:

Robert P. Mikulak is a career member of the Senior Executive Service.  He has served as Director of the Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the Department of State since 1996.  Dr. Mikulak is also the United States Representative to the Executive Council of the OPCW.  He served between 1993 and 1996 as the Deputy Head of the U. S. Delegation to the Chemical Weapons Convention Preparatory Commission in The Hague. During the negotiation of the 1989 and 1990 U.S.-Soviet agreements on chemical weapons and the multilateral 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, he served as a Senior U.S. Representative.

Dr. Mikulak received his B.S. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Officially In: Phyllis M. Powers to Panama City

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On July 9, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Phyllis M. Powers to be Ambassador to the Republic of Panama.  The WH released the following brief bio:

Phyllis M. Powers is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor.  She served most recently at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, as Director of the Office of Provincial Affairs.  Prior to that assignment, Ms. Powers was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Peru. Ms. Powers also served consecutively as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section responsible for the Counter-Narcotics program and as the Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia. Other postings have been in Washington as Senior Post Management Officer for the Bureau of Near East Asia and South Asia and Deputy Director of the Office of Travel Support in the Bureau of Administration.  Ms. Powers’ career also includes tours in Jordan, Russia, Poland and Colombia.

Ms. Powers graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Biology.

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Officially In: Pamela E. Bridgewater to Kingston

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On July 9, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Pamela E. Bridgewater to be Ambassador to Jamaica. The Wh released the following brief bio:

Pamela E. Bridgewater is a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister.  She has served since 2008 as a Senior Inspector in the Office of Inspector General. She has also served as Ambassador to Benin and Ghana. Ambassador Bridgewater was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in 2002; she was appointed the State Department’s Special Coordinator for Peace in Liberia, and later headed the U.S. delegation to the Liberian Peace Talks. Overseas postings were in Belgium, Jamaica, South Africa and the Bahamas, where she was Deputy Chief of Mission. In Washington, she served in the Bureaus of European Affairs, Human Resources, Oceans and Environmental Affairs, Intelligence and Research.

Ms. Bridgewater received a B.A. with honors from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts from the University of Cincinnati.


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