President Biden announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Patricia Mahoney to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic. The WH released the following brief bio:
Patricia Mahoney, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Central African Republic
Patricia Mahoney, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Benin. Previously she was an Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the Office Director of the Office of Mainland Southeast Asia, also in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Earlier, Mahoney was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, and before that the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mahoney also served as Director for South Asia at the National Security Council. Mahoney earned her B.A. cum laude from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and her M.A. from the University of Hawaii. She is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C., receiving an M.S. degree in 2009. Ms. Mahoney speaks French, Thai, Nepali and Lao.
If confirmed, Ambassador Mahoney would succeed career diplomat Lucy Tamlyn who was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic on January 11, 2019.
Le ministre @AAgbenonciMAEC a reçu les copies figurées des lettres de créance de Mme Patricia MAHONEY #Ambassadeur agréée des #Usa près le #Bénin. En marge de la cérémonie, le ministre a eu un entretien avec la diplomate américaine sur des sujets d'intérêt commun. pic.twitter.com/q2ErWnvomN
— BENIN DIPLOMATIE (@BeninDiplomatie) March 11, 2019
Acting DAS Patricia Mahoney expresses condolences on the passing of President Tran Dai Quang, a great friend of the United States. We honor his legacy, and mourn his loss with his family and the people of #Vietnam. pic.twitter.com/F96SYeQ97b
— EAP Bureau (@USAsiaPacific) September 26, 2018
— U.S. Mission Uganda (@usmissionuganda) December 9, 2013