On July 15, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jo Ellen Powell to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The WH released the following brief bio:
Jo Ellen Powell is a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. She most recently served as Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to that Ms. Powell was the Executive Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Director of the Office of Employee Relations, and Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. Other overseas assignments include France, Italy, Lebanon, and Jordan. In Washington, Ms. Powell served in the Executive Secretariat and the European Bureau Executive Office. She received her B.A. from Centre College in Kentucky.
If confirmed, she would succeed career diplomat, Mark Boulware who was appointed chief of mission of US Embassy in Mauritania in 2007.