AFSA Releases 2021-2023 Governing Board Election Results

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Correction: The AFSA Governing Board for 2021/2023 will take office on July 15, 2021, not June 15 (thanks A). AFSA has previously announced the results of its elections:
A total of 3,169 valid ballots were received (3,120 online and 49 paper). This represents 20% of the eligible voting membership. The winning candidates are in bold:
President

  • Hon. Eric S. Rubin * (2,865 votes)

Secretary

  • Daniel Crocker * (2,756 votes)

Treasurer

  • Hon. John O’Keefe * (2,767 votes)

State Vice President

  • Thomas Yazdgerdi * (1,608 votes)

USAID Vice President

  • Jason Singer * (192 votes)

FCS Vice President

  • Jay Carreiro * (61 votes)

FAS Vice President
To be determined when all write-in votes are processed.

Retiree Vice President

  • John K. Naland (915 votes)

State Representative (6 positions)

  • Hui Jun Tina Wong * (1,168 votes)
  • Kimberly Harrington (1,161 votes)
  • Maria Hart * (1,124 votes)
  • Christen Machak * (1,024 votes)
  • Camille Dockery (1,009 votes)
  • Joshua Archibald * (931 votes)
  • Stephanie Straface (914 votes)
  • Carson Relitz Rocker * (871 votes)
  • L. Reece Smyth * (725 votes)
  • Maurice Brungardt (541 votes)

USAID Representative
To be determined when all write-in votes are processed.

Alternate FCS Representative
To be determined when all write-in votes are processed.

Alternate FAS Representative
To be determined when all write-in votes are processed.

APHIS Representative

  • Russell Duncan * (3 votes)

USAGM Representative

  • Steven L. Herman * (1 vote)

Retiree Representative (2 positions)

  • Mary Daly * (857 votes)
  • Philip A. Shull * (833 votes)

* denotes a member of the Strong Diplomacy slate

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President Biden Announces Nominees For OSCE (Carpenter), OECD (Markell), UN/FAO (McCain)

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On June 23, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 17 individuals to serve in key roles in his administration. Among those announced were three nominees for U.S. Representatives to international organizations:
  • Michael Carpenter, Nominee for U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with rank of Ambassador
  • Jack Markell, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with rank of Ambassador
  • Cindy Hensley McCain, Nominee for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, with rank of Ambassador

Michael Carpenter, Nominee for U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with rank of Ambassador

Michael Carpenter is the Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and previously was Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the Vice President.   He also served as Director for Russia in the National Security Council.  A former Foreign Service officer, Carpenter served in the Department of State as Deputy Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, Special Assistant for the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Political-Military officer in the Office of European Security and Political Affairs, and Advisor on Regional Conflicts in the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts.  He served overseas in Barbados, Slovenia and Poland.   He has received numerous professional distinctions, including the Jamestown Foundation Distinguished Service Award and fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the International Research & Exchanges Board.  Carpenter earned a B.A. at Stanford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.  He speaks Polish, Slovenian, Czech, French and German.

Jack Markell, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with rank of Ambassador

Jack Markell, a former Governor and State Treasurer of Delaware, is the President of Jack Markell Consulting, LLC.  He is a former Senior Vice President of Comcast Corporation and Nextel Communications.  He also has served as Chair of the National Governors Association, President of the Council of State Governments, and Chair of the Democratic Governors Association.  Markell earned a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies and Economics at Brown University and an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago.

Cindy Hensley McCain, Nominee for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, with rank of Ambassador

Cindy Hensley McCain is Chairman and Director of the Hensley Beverage Company in Phoenix, Arizona.  She chairs the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Human Trafficking Council at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.  She is a Member of the Leadership Council at the Too Small to Fail Initiative in New York City, in addition to leadership roles in numerous other civic and philanthropic organizations. McCain is also Co-Chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, and a member of the Phoenix Mayor’s Human Trafficking Task Force. McCain received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Southern California.

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Claire Cronin – From Massachusetts Legislature to U.S. Embassy Ireland

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On June 23, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 17 individuals to serve in key roles in his administration. Among those announced was his nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. The WH released a brief bio:

Claire Cronin, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ireland

Claire Cronin currently serves as a Representative, and as Majority Leader, in the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During her service as a legislator, Cronin was also Vice Chair, and then Chair, of the Committee on the Judiciary. As Chair of the Committee Cronin was the architect of significant pieces of legislation, including major criminal justice reform and police reform. Cronin has also served since 2003 as a Mediator/Arbitrator for Commonwealth Mediation in Brockton, MA. Prior to her election as Representative, Cronin maintained the Law Office of Claire Cronin in Brockton, Massachusetts.  Earlier she was first a law clerk, and then an Associate Attorney at Wynn & Wynn, P.C. in Raynham, Massachusetts.  Before that she worked in Liaison and Constituent Services in the Office of Massachusetts Governor, Edward King.  Cronin earned her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. degree from Suffolk University.  She is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including the Jewish Community Relations Council Legislative Leadership Award (2020) and the Emerge Massachusetts 2020 Woman of the Year.

If confirmed, Ms. Cronin would succeed Edward F. Crawford who served from July 1, 2019 – January 19, 2021.  Since 1960 when AFSA started tracking these appointments, there had been 20 ambassadors appointed to Dublin. No career diplomat has ever been nominated to this post; senior career diplomats have served at this post as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim typically pending the nomination and confirmation of the nominees.

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USAID’s Sharon L. Cromer to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia

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On June 15, President Biden announced his intent to nominate senior FSO Sharon L. Cromer to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Gambia. The WH released the following brief bio:

Sharon L. Cromer, Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia
Sharon L. Cromer, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, currently serves as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy, Accra, Ghana. Previously she was the USAID Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and she has also been USAID Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. In addition, Cromer also had an earlier assignment in Accra as Mission Director. In Washington, Cromer served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau of USAID and also as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the USAID Management Bureau. Among her other assignments, Cromer was first a Supervisory Contracting Officer, and then the USAID Deputy Mission Director, at the U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia. Early in her career, Cromer served as a Contracting Officer in Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Pakistan. Cromer earned her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School.

AFSA’s Ambassador Tracker indicates that the ambassadors appointed to The Gambia have been 15/4 career/non-career appointees since 1960. If confirmed, Ms. Cromer would succeed career diplomat Richard Paschall III who has served as Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Banjul since March 14, 2019.

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