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.