Officially In: Deborah Malac –from AF Bureau to Liberia

On May 9, 2012, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Deborah Malac as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia. The WH released the following brief bio:

Deborah Malac, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, currently serves as Director of the Office of East African Affairs at the Department of State.  Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa.  Previous posts in Washington include Deputy Director of the Office of East African Affairs and Deputy Director of the Office of Agricultural, Biotechnology, and Textiles Trade Affairs.  Other overseas assignments have included service in Dakar, Senegal; Bangkok, Thailand; Pretoria, South Africa; and Yaounde, Cameroon.

Ms. Malac received a B.A. from Furman University, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. from the National Defense University.

Ms. Deborah Malac, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, gives a speech during a dedication ceremony at the Abadir Primary School to honor the work of personnel from Naval Marine Construction Battalion 4, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, on October 16,2008 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt Stan Parker) (Released)

If confirmed, Ms. Malac would assume charge of the US Embassy in Monrovia from Chargé D’Affaires a.i. Karl Albrecht.  The most recent ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield was recently confirmed as Director General of the Foreign Service.

Domani Spero

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Officially In: Susan Marsh Elliott – from SCA Bureau to Tajikistan

On April 11, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Susan Marsh Elliott as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan. The WH released the following brief bio:

Susan Marsh Elliott, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor, currently

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serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State.  Prior to this role, Ms. Elliott served as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2009-2010) and as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast (2007-2009).   Other assignments have included Deputy Executive Secretary (2005-2007), Office Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff (2003-2005), Visa Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Athens (2001-2003), Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Athens (1999-2001), and Desk Officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Regional Conflicts in the New Independent States (1994-1995).  Ms. Elliott joined the Foreign Service in 1990 after serving as a nurse at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Ms. Elliott received a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.S. from Russell Sage College, and a D.S.N. from Indiana University.

If confirmed, she would succeed career diplomat, Kenneth E. Gross, Jr. who was appointed chief of mission to Dushanbe in 2009. Ms. Elliott speaks Russian, Greek, and Spanish. During her twenty-year career as a Foreign Service Officer she has received several individual superior and meritorious honor awards.

Ms. Elliott is married to Matthias Mitman, who is also a Foreign Service officer. They have two adult sons. Prior to joining the Foreign Service she received a doctoral degree from Indiana University and served on the faculties of Ball State University and the University of Virginia.

Domani Spero

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