Officially In: Linda Thomas-Greenfield — from Liberia to DGHR

On January 23, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the next Director General of the Foreign Service. The WH released the following brief bio:

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister Counselor and currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, a position she has held since August 2008.  Previously, she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for African Affairs from 2006 to 2008, and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration from 2004 to 2006.  Other assignments have included overseas postings in Nigeria, The Gambia, Kenya, Jamaica, Pakistan, and Switzerland.  From 1991 to 1993, she served as a Staff Assistant in the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service.  Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield received a B.A. from Louisiana State University and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Secretary Clinton with Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield during the
Embassy Monrovia Dedication January 16 and 17, 2012
Photo from US Embassy Liberia

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield  started her Foreign Service career in 1982 as a Consular Officer at US Embassy Jamaica.  She was the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs in recognition of her work with refugees. Her embassy bio says that she is a Louisiana native with a reputation for her culinary prowess. She is married to a retired Foreign Service Officer and has two grown children.

If confirmed, she would succeed Nancy Powell who was nominated last December as the next ambassador to New Delhi.

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