Officially In: Ambassador Patricia Marie Haslach — From the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization to Ethiopia

— By Domani Spero

On June 14, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Patricia Marie Haslach as the next Ambassador to Ethiopia.  The WH released the folowing brief bio:

Ambassador Patricia Marie Haslach, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career-Minister, is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  Previously, from 2011 to 2012, she was Iraq Transition Coordinator in the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources.  From 2010 to 2011, she was Deputy Coordinator for Global Hunger and Food Security, and from 2009 to 2010, she was Assistant Chief of Mission for Assistance Transition at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.  Ambassador Haslach’s additional assignments include: United States Senior Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, with the rank of Ambassador, from 2007 to 2009; Ambassador to Laos from 2004 to 2007; Director of the Office for Afghanistan at the Department of State from 2002 to 2004; and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2000 to 2002.  Ambassador Haslach began her career with the federal government in the Foreign Agriculture Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

She received a B.A. from Gonzaga University and an M.I.A. from Columbia University.

 

If confirmed, Ambassador Haslach would succeed career diplomat Donald E. Booth who was appointed chief of mission to Addis Ababa in December 2009. Of the 15 ambassadors appointed to Ethiopia since 1960, only three or 20% were political appointees.

 

 

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Officially In: John B. Emerson — From Capital Group to the Federal Republic of Germany

—By Domani Spero

 

On June 14, President Obama announced his intent to nominate John B. Emerson to be the next Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. The WH released the following brief bio:

John B. Emerson is President of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies, a global investment management firm.  From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Emerson served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House.  From 1993 to 1994, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House.  From 1987 to 1992, he was the Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney.  He began his career in 1978 as an attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Tunney in Los Angeles.  Mr. Emerson is a Member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a position he has held since his appointment in 2010.   He served as Chairman of the LA Mayor’s Council on the Arts from 2004 to 2005.

Mr. Emerson received an A.B. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

OpenSecrets.org listed Mr. Emerson as one of President Obama’s bundlers who raiser over $500,000 in the 2012 campaign. According to Roll Call, Mr. Emerson was also the 2012 co-chairman of the DNC’s Southern California finance committee.  The couple’s bio via PCIP says that Mr. Emerson’s wife, Kimberly Marteau Emerson is an attorney and civic leader who served in the Clinton Administration as Director of Public Liaison for the U.S.  Information Agency (USIA), where she was the domestic spokesperson, and traveled as the senior USIA political liaison on President Clinton’s overseas trips to the Far East, Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union.

If confirmed, Mr. Emerson would replace Philip D. Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and former National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee who was appointed to the US Embassy Berlin in September 2009.  According to the AFSA statistics, non-career ambassadors make up 70.6% of all ambassadorial appointments to Germany since 1960

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Officially In: James Costos — From HBO to Spain

— By Domani Spero

 

On June 14, President Obama announced his intent to nominate James Costos as the next Ambassador to Spain. The WH released the following brief bio:

James Costos is Vice President of Global Licensing and Retail for Home Box Office (HBO).  Before joining HBO in 2006, he was President and CEO of Eight Cylinders, Inc., an entertainment marketing and licensing agency.  Previously, from 2002 to 2004, he was head of Promotions and Consumer Products at Revolution Studios in California.  He began his career in New York as a fashion and retail executive.  From 2001 to 2002, he was Vice President of Retail for Hermes in New York, and from 1991 to 2001, he was Vice President of Retail Operations for Tod’s in New York.  Mr. Costos currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States.

He received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.


According to OpenSecrets.org Mr. Costos and his partner, designer Michael Smith, raised at least $500,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign in the 2012 cycle.  In 2009, Smith was selected by the first lady to redecorate the residential quarters of the White House, and he later designed a makeover of the Oval Office.

If confirmed, Mr. Costos would replace political appointee Alan Solomont who was appointed chief of mission to the US Embassy Madrid in December 2009.  Non-career ambassadors make up 73.7% of all ambassadorial appointments to Spain since 1960.

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Officially In: Liliana Ayalde — From WHA to Brazil

—By Domani Spero

On June 14, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Liliana Ayalde as the next Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. The WH released the following brief bio:

Ambassador Liliana Ayalde, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career-Minister, is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.  From 2008 to 2011, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay.  Ambassador Ayalde began her career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served for 24 years.  At USAID, she served as Mission Director in Colombia from 2005 to 2008, Mission Director in Bolivia from 1999 to 2005, and as Deputy Mission Director in Nicaragua from 1997 to 1999.

Ambassador Ayalde received a B.A. from the School of International Studies at American University and an M.P.H. from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University.

Via US Embassy Paraguay

Via US Embassy Paraguay

If confirmed Ambasador Ayalde would succeed career diplomat Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. who appointed to the US Embassy in Brasilia in December 2009.

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