The WH released the following brief bio:
Cynthia Kierscht, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Ms. Kierscht, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs for the State Department.
Overseas, Ms. Kierscht served at the United States Embassies in Bogota, Colombia, Rabat, Morocco, and Cairo, Egypt, in the United States Consulate in Marseille, France, and at the United States Interests Section in Tripoli, Libya. Among her other assignments at the State Department, Ms. Kierscht worked in the Executive Secretariat and the Operations Center, in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and in the Bureau of Counterterrorism.
Ms. Kierscht earned her B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and her M.P.P. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.
DAS Cynthia Kierscht led discussions with #Caribbean leaders exploring challenges and risks impacting the region in cybersecurity, data, and telecommunications networks. We must incorporate security in these critical networks from the start. #USCaribbean2020 pic.twitter.com/dCO2K5nsTI
— Michael G. Kozak (@WHAAsstSecty) May 16, 2019
— Mañanas con Uno (@MananasconUno) December 4, 2015
Canciller @MiguelVargasM se reúne con la embajadora de Estados Unidos de América #EEUU🇺🇸 Robin Bernstein y la subsecretaria adjunta del Departamento de Estado para Canadá y el Caribe, Cynthia Kierscht#DiplomaciaDigitalRD pic.twitter.com/7ysRsE8Z0G
— Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores R.Dominicana (@MIREXRD) October 29, 2019