On May 9, 2012, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Deborah Malac as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia. The WH released the following brief bio:
Deborah Malac, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, currently serves as Director of the Office of East African Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. Previous posts in Washington include Deputy Director of the Office of East African Affairs and Deputy Director of the Office of Agricultural, Biotechnology, and Textiles Trade Affairs. Other overseas assignments have included service in Dakar, Senegal; Bangkok, Thailand; Pretoria, South Africa; and Yaounde, Cameroon.
Ms. Malac received a B.A. from Furman University, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. from the National Defense University.
If confirmed, Ms. Malac would assume charge of the US Embassy in Monrovia from Chargé D’Affaires a.i. Karl Albrecht. The most recent ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield was recently confirmed as Director General of the Foreign Service.
- Journalist who revealed genital mutilation in Liberia forced into hiding (guardian.co.uk)
- Poaching in Liberia’s Forests Threatens Rare Animals (voanews.com)
- US Eco-Diplomacy Spreads LEED Ways To Africa (earthtechling.com)
- Homes destroyed in cross-border attack on Liberia (sfgate.com)