Image via WikipediaOn May 13, 2011, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Frankie A. Reed to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and the Republic of Kiribati. The WH released the following brief bio:
Frankie A. Reed currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for relations with Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island posts. Previously, Ms. Reed served as a Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her assignment at the University of California, Ms. Reed was the Consul General and Deputy U.S. Observer to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France from 2005-2008. She served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Conakry, Guinea from 2003-2005 and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Apia, Samoa from 1999-2002. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Reed’s earlier assignments included: Deputy Director in the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs, Political Section Chief in Dakar, Senegal, and Political Officer in Nairobi, Kenya and Yaoundé, Cameroon. She also worked as a Desk Officer in the Bureaus of African Affairs and Western Hemispheric Affairs.
Ms. Reed holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Howard University.
If confirmed, Ms. Reed would succeed career diplomat, C. Steven McGann who assumed his duties at post in October 2008.