Trump Nominates Campaign Liaison Joseph Cella to be U.S. Ambassador to Fiji

Posted: 2:37 am ET


On February 13, the WH announced the nomination of Joseph Cella to be the next Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. The WH released the following brief bio:

Joseph Cella of Michigan, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.  Mr. Cella, a respected businessman and committed community leader, has served since 2010 as Principal of the Pontifex Group, a consulting firm whose practice includes strategic and tactical counsel, communications, crisis management, public relations, political consulting, public policy, operational launching and enhancement, donor and investor prospecting and media advocacy.  For nearly two decades, Mr. Cella has worked in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations.  In 2004, he co-founded a leading Catholic advocacy organization, Catholic Vote, a project of Fidelis, which has grown to more than 700,000 members.  He also founded and serves on the board of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  Mr. Cella earned a B.A. from Hillsdale College.

If confirmed, Mr. Cella would replace career diplomat Judith Beth Cefkin (1953–) who was appointed chief of mission in 2015. The last political appointee sent to Fiji was M. Osman Siddique (1950–) who served as chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Suva from September 13, 1999–June 30, 2001.