On March 2, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Edward (Ned) Alford as the next Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia. The WH released the following brief bio:
Edward (Ned) Alford, a career Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister Counselor, serves as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Alford was Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1978, Mr. Alford’s overseas assignments have included: Management Counselor in Baghdad and Islamabad; Management Minister Counselor in Moscow; General Services Officer in Rome and Dhaka; Management Officer in Windhoek; Addis Ababa, and Leningrad; Information Systems Officer in Nairobi; and Consular Officer in Manama. In Washington, Mr. Alford’s assignments have included Executive Director of the Bureaus of Near East Asia and South Central Asian Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management, and Post Management Officer for East Africa.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Alford served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1976. He received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.
If confirmed, Mr. Alford would succeed career diplomat, Pamela White who was recently appointed as the next Ambassador to Haiti.
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