President Biden announced his intent to nominate career diplomat Virginia E. Palmer to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. The WH released the following brief bio:
Virginia E. Palmer, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ghana
Virginia E. Palmer, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources. She has served as Acting Assistant Secretary since January 20, 2021, overseeing U.S. foreign policy engagement at the critical intersection of our energy, climate and national security goals. Before assuming her current position, Palmer was the Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University. She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi from 2015 until 2019. Prior to that, she was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires a.i., at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa; Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam; the State Department’s Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism; and Director of the Bureau of East A’s Office of Economic Policy and the alternate U.S. Senior Official for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC). Other postings include assignments in Canada, Zimbabwe, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Kenya. Palmer obtained her M.A. from the University of Virginia and a BSFS from Georgetown University. She also attended Washington University in St. Louis. She speaks Chinese and French.
If confirmed, Ambassador Palmer would succeed Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan who has been Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Accra since September 6, 2018.
— EnergyAtState (@EnergyAtState) July 14, 2021
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources, Ambassador Virginia E. Palmer delivered a keynote speech at Energy Resilience and Security in Southeast Asia at @ERIAorg pic.twitter.com/JPEAqTsgab
— US Mission to ASEAN (@USMission2ASEAN) February 25, 2020
As we prepare to bid a fond farewell to Ambassador Virginia Palmer, who is preparing to depart #Malawi, we wanted to share a few of her best moments with the Malawian people. pic.twitter.com/77nH9koJXP
— U.S. Embassy Lilongwe (@USEmbassyLLW) June 3, 2019