Denise Campbell Bauer
Denise Campbell Bauer was nominated by President Barack Obama to be
the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium on June 21, 2013. She was
confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on August 2, 2013, and sworn
in on August 7, 2013.
Ambassador Bauer has a life-long commitment to public service and
civic engagement and has been active in political and community
activities for more than two decades. From 2008 to 2012, she served on
the Democratic National Committee, serving as Chair and Co-chair of the
Women’s Leadership Forum and as Co-chair of the National Issues
Conference. She was Finance Chair for Women for Obama from 2011 to
2012, and served on the Obama for America National Finance Committee
from 2011 to 2012 and from 2007 to 2008. She also served as Vice
President of the Board of Directors for the Belvedere Community
Foundation in Belvedere, California.
She began her career in television news and public affairs in Los
Angeles, California. From 1993 to 1994, she was a Public Affairs
Officer for the American Red Cross Bay Area in San Francisco, and from
1990 to 1992, she was a freelance film and video producer in Los
Angeles. Prior to that, she was the News Producer for the North
American Bureau of Nine Network Australia in Los Angeles and also
worked as Field Producer and Researcher for KCBS-TV News.
Ambassador Bauer graduated from Occidental College with a degree in
Political Science, with an emphasis in foreign affairs and national
security. Her home state is California and she now lives in Brussels,
Belgium with her husband, Steven M. Bauer, and their two daughters.
Alexa Wesner was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S.
Ambassador to the Republic of Austria on June 27, 2013. She presented
her credentials to Austrian Federal President, Heinz Fischer on October
Ambassador Alexa Wesner was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in
Reston, Virginia. The daughter of immigrant parents, a German mother
and Latvian father, she was the first in her family to attend a U.S.
high school and university. Ms. Wesner was a high school all-American
in track and cross-country, ranking second in the nation in both the
1600 and 3200 meter distances. She was also a varsity swimmer.
Ms. Wesner graduated from Stanford University in 1994 with a B.A.
degree in Biology. She moved to Austin, Texas to join Trilogy Software
in the early days of Austin’s technology boom. In 1997, she
founded HireTECH, a recruiting and consulting company focused on high
tech start-ups, also serving as President and CEO. In 2000, she founded
her second company, Recruiting Labs, a web-based recruiting venture.
After a successful career as a high-tech chief executive and
entrepreneur, Ms. Wesner turned her attention to politics and community
development as both a fundraiser and a hands-on entrepreneur driving
progressive causes on national, regional, and local levels. In local
and state venues, Ms. Wesner is the founder of The Texas Civic
Engagement Table, Engage Texas, Progress Texas, and the Texas Research
Institute, designed to provide a lasting progressive infrastructure in
Texas. The spectrum of activities spans civic engagement,
organizational collaboration, voter empowerment, voter turn-out,
primary research and both direct and collaborative messaging. Her
ambitious efforts have earned support from various national foundations
and unions, among others.
She has served on the President's Committee on the Arts and
Humanities and the boards of Lifeworks (homeless youth), Breakthrough
(a path to college for disadvantaged youth), Arthouse (contemporary
art), The Blanton Museum of Art, GenAustin (raising self-esteem in and
empowering young girls) and the Austin Film Society. She has served on
the board of advisors of the Austin Museum of Art, and the Downtown
Austin Alliance’s Parks Committee to preserve Austin’s
downtown parks and urban spaces.
Ms. Wesner is an avid triathlete and runner. She has three children,
Natalie Keep (9), Tennyson (5) and Livia (2) who inspired her to enter
public service. She is married to Blaine Wesner, a venture capitalist
Linda Burnes Bolton
Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, was elected to the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2012. Burnes Bolton is
vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer, and director of
nursing research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
She is one of the principal investigators at The Burns and Allen
Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai.
Burnes Bolton is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing
and the National Black Nurses Association. She is currently a member of
the American Nurses Association, American Organization for Nurse
Executives, Association of California Nurse Leaders, American Public
Health Association, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science,
National Black Nurses Association, and National League for Nursing. She
has served as a trustee at Case Western Reserve University since 2006.
Hilary Rodham Clinton
Hilary Rodham Clinton is the former Secretary of State, Senator from
New York, First Lady, and candidate for President, and is regarded as
one of the most influential women in American and global politics. Her
long career of public service began in Chicago after becoming
impassioned by a speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. She attended
Wellesley College and Yale Law School, where she met future President
Bill Clinton. After graduation from Law School, she began practicing,
focusing on child family law. In 1974 she moved to the University of
Arkansas and began teaching but 2 years later joined the Rose Law Firm
in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was twice named one of the 100 most
influential lawyers in America. When Mr. Clinton was elected governor,
she chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee and co-founded
the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, in addition to
sitting on numerous boards championing the cause of children and
In 1992, she became the first lady when Mr. Clinton was elected
president. Her tenure as First Lady was marked by scandal due to her
assumption of a political role in the position. She was named by her
husband to head the President’s Task Force on Health Care Reform
and became the first First Lady to testify before Congress. She is the
only First Lady to have held an office in the West Wing. Throughout her
tenure she promoted child welfare and gender equality, domestically and
internationally. Through her work with Secretary of State Madeline
Albright, Hillary Clinton became a global advocate for gender equity in
economics, employment, health care and education and emphasized a civil
society of human rights as a pathway to democracy. She also became one
of the most vocal dissident with regard to the Taliban’s
treatment of women in Afghanistan. Additionally, she started the
’Save America’s Treasures’ program to rescue or save
iconic historic items and sites from destruction, gave monthly lectures
via webcast in the East Room, over saw the restoration of the Blue
Room, and hosted many events in the White House.
In 2000, she successfully ran for the U.S. Senate in New York and
became the only former First Lady elected to public office. After the
attacks of September 11, 2001 she secured $21.4 billion to assist in
clean up of the site and provide health benefits and tracking for first
responders and volunteers at Ground Zero. She became an advocate for
retaining and improving health benefits for veterans, reforming public
schools, unemployment insurance, and expanding environmental
In 2008 she ran for the Democratic candidate for President against
Barack Obama. Although she won many primaries, Obama secured the
requisite number of delegates to win the party’s nomination. Upon
his election, Mrs. Clinton was appointed the Secretary of State, the
only First Lady to serve in a presidential cabinet. In this capacity
she has championed gender equity and education across the globe. In her
4 years, she visited 112 countries, becoming the most traveled
Secretary of State.
Hillary Clinton has been a diligent public servant her entire life
and through each of her endeavors, she is changing the world.
Brenda S. Davis
Brenda S. Davis, PhD, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2013. She retired as corporate
compliance officer and vice president of technical resources of Johnson
& Johnson (J&J) after 15 years of service. Earlier, she served
as vice president of government operations for J&J Health Care
Systems, and as J&J’s vice president of state and
Before joining J&J, she served as a visiting fellow and
associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs at Princeton University. Prior to that she was a cabinet
member, serving as chief of policy and planning, for Governor Thomas H.
Kean during his second term as governor of New Jersey. Davis held other
government and industry positions, including special assistant to the
commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,
and director of the Natural Resources Group at the U.S. Senate
Committee on the Budget.
Kathryn S. Fuller
Kathryn S. Fuller, JD, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2011.
Fuller, prominent attorney and philanthropic leader, currently
serves as chair of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History;
on the boards of directors of Alcoa, Inc., and the World Wildlife Fund
(WWF-US); and as a trustee of the Greater Himalayas Foundation and The
Summit Foundation. She was president and chief executive officer of WWF
from 1989 until 2005. Prior to becoming president and CEO, she served
as executive vice president, general counsel, and director of
WWF’s programs in public policy and wildlife trade monitoring.
Before joining WWF, Fuller was an attorney at the U.S. Department of
Justice, first in the Office of Legal Counsel, then as a trial attorney
in the Land and Natural Resources Division, where she helped create the
Wildlife and Marine Resources Section, becoming chief of that section
in 1981. Fuller was a special adviser to the United Nations Conference
on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and a public
policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
from 2005 to 2006. She served on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees
as member at large and chair, and on the Corporation of Brown
Patricia A. Gabow
Patricia A. Gabow, MD, is a national leader in hospital reform and
public health care delivery. A nephrologist by training, she retired in
2012 after 20 years as CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority
(DHHA), an integrated health care system serving one of the poorest
populations in the state of Colorado. Gabow is credited with
transforming DHHA from a struggling public hospital system into a
national model of integrated, fiscally stable, and high-quality care.
One of the hallmarks of Gabow’s leadership was her introduction
of business-based improvement methods to streamline operations,
increase employee satisfaction, and develop new information technology
systems, resulting in the elimination of wasteful spending while
significantly enhancing patient care.
Listed as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 50 Most Powerful
Physician Executives in Health Care (2007, 2009), Gabow currently
serves on several influential health care and health policy
commissions, including the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access
Commission (MACPAC) and the National Governors’ Association
Health Advisory Board. Previously she served on the Commonwealth Fund
Commission on a High Performing Health System and the Institute of
Medicine committee addressing the future viability of safety net
providers. She also was chair of the National Association of Public
Hospitals and Health Systems.
JoAnn Heffernan Heisen
Business leader Heffernan Heisen retired in June 2008 from Johnson
& Johnson (J&J) after 19 years in senior leadership. She joined
J&J in 1989 as assistant treasurer and the corporation's first
investor relations officer. In 1991, Heffernan Heisen was named
treasurer and became the first female officer of the company. In 1995,
she was named corporate controller and in 1997, was appointed vice
president, chief information officer and a member of and the first
woman to serve on the J&J Executive Committee. She became the
company's first chief global diversity officer in 2006. Prior to
joining J&J in 1989, Heffernan Heisen was vice president, Corporate
Affairs, and a member of the Executive Committee at Primerica
Corporation. Previously she served as chief financial officer for
Kenmill Textile Corporation and as a second vice president and
commercial lending officer with The Chase Manhattan Bank.
Heffernan Heisen is a member of the board of directors of the
Vanguard Group, Inc., and its more than 160 mutual funds. She is a
member of the advisory board of The Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the Economic Club of New York,
the board of trustees for the University Medical Center at Princeton
and the co-chair of the Design for Healing Campaign, which is raising
funds for a new $440 million state-of-the-art hospital. Heffernan
Heisen also serves as director of the Center for Work-Life Policy and
is on the advisory board of Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s
Leadership. She is past president of the Financial Women’s
Association of New York, an honoree of the Princeton YWCA’s 1995
Tribute to Women in Industry and the recipient of the 1996 Johnson
& Johnson Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Award. In 2005,
Heffernan Heisen received the first Jill Ker Conway Women in Business
Leadership Award, presented by Smith College. In l994, she received
Syracuse University's Distinguished Alumni Award and, in 1998,
Marymount Manhattan College’s Women in Urban Leadership Award.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, is president and CEO of the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she has held since 2003. The Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy
dedicated solely to health and health care.
At the federal level, Lavizzo-Mourey served as deputy administrator
of what is now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and
worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force, co-chairing
the working group on Quality of Care. She also has served on numerous
federal advisory committees, including the Task Force on Aging
Research, the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and
the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and
Quality in the Health Care Industry. Additionally, she co-chaired a
congressionally requested Institute of Medicine study on racial and
ethnic disparities in health care.
Marrie Y. Schaefer
Marrie Schaefer is the Foreign Policy Advisor to the U.S. Marine
Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she serves
as the U.S. Department of State Liaison and Advisor to the Commanding
General of the U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific Command. Marrie Schaefer is
the Foreign Policy Advisor to the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
(MARFORPAC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she serves as the U.S.
Department of State Liaison and Advisor to the Commanding General of
the U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific Command.
Prior to joining MARFORPAC, she was the Public Diplomacy Advisor at
the U.S. Pacific Command where she served as the lead delegate to the
Symposium on East Asia Security in Beijing, Canberra, and Hanoi. In her
previous assignment as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she directed a broad range of public
diplomacy activities, including media relations and
Ms. Schaefer holds a B.S. and M.S. from Northern Illinois University
and a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown
University. A recipient of U.S. Department of State Superior and
Meritorious Honor Awards, Ms. Schaefer speaks Japanese, French, and
Bahasa Malaysia. An opera lover, and avid cyclist, skier, and hiker,
she is married to retired Foreign Service Officer, Robert R. Kuntz
|Ambassador Samantha Power
Samantha Power is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Prior
to this she served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior
Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National
Security Council. Power most recently served as the Anna Lindh
Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she taught
courses on U.S. foreign policy, human rights, and extremism and where
she was the founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human
Power began her career as a journalist and her work covering the
Yugoslav Wars shaped her assertive views on human rights issues. She
has served as a columnist at Time Magazine and has reported from
Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and
contributed regularly to the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Review
of Books, and the New Republic.
Samantha Power is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Problem
from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide (2002) and Chasing the
Flame: Sergio Viera de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008),
the basis for the award-winning HBO documentary, "Sergio."
Power is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
|Ambassador Vilama Socorro Martinez
Ambassador Vilama Socorro Martinez is the current U.S. Ambassador to
Argentina. She is from San Antonio and received her law degree from
Colombia. After graduation she joined the Legal Defense and Educational
Fund of the NAACP. In this role she represented a number of poor and
minority clients. She then joined Chaill, Gordon, & Reindel in New
York and joined the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational
Fund, one of the first two women to do so. She was appointed as U.S.
ambassador to Argentina in 2009 and is the first women to fill the
post. She and her husband have two sons.
|Ambassador Michelle D. Gavin
Michelle D. Gavin is the current Ambassador to Botswana, a position
she has held since June 2011. She has served at the Council on Foreign
Relations, as a foreign policy advisor on Captial Hill, to Senators Ken
Salazar and Russ Feingold. She holds a BA from Georgetown University
and MPhil from Oxford University.
|Ambassador Dawn M. Liberi
Dawn M. Liberi is the current Ambassador to Burundi. She is a career
foreign service member. She has served numerous posts within the United
States Agency for International Development, including mission director
in Nigeria, and mission director in Uganda, among other positions
throughout Africa. From 2009 to 2011 she was the Coordinator of the
Interagency Provincial Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, for
which she received the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the
Medaille D’Or from the French Government, and the Army Iron Cross
from the Polish Government.
|Ambassador Adrienne S. O’Neal
Adrienne S. O’Neal serves as the ambassador to Cape Verde. As
a career member, she has served in Italy, Argentina, Mozambique,
Brazil, and Portugal.
|Ambassador Anne Slaughter Andrew
Anne Slaughter Andrew is the ambassador to Costa Rica. She has
served in this post since 2009. After earning her Juris Doctorate in
1983 until 2000 she served as co-chair of the Environment/Energy Team
at the law firm Baker & Daniels. She was also partner Patton Boggs
from 2001 to 2003. She has been very active in conservation and
environmental protection throughout her career and is the first female
ambassador to Costa Rica.
|Ambassador Judith Fergin
Judith Fergin serves as the Ambassador to East Timor. She is a
career foreign service officer who has previously served as Deputy
Chief of Mission in Singapore and Consul General in Sydney, Australia.
She has also served in Indonesia, Liberia, Russia, South Africa, and
|Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte
Mari Carmen Aponte is the ambassador to El Salvador. She was sworn
into this position in 2010. She was born in Puerto Rico and trained as
a lawyer prior to her appointment. From 2001 to 2004 she served as the
Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.
From 2004 until her appointment in 2010, she served as a member of the
District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commissions.
|Ambassador Pamela A. White
Pamela A. White is the ambassador to Haiti, and was officially sworn
in on July 18, 2012. Ambassador White has served as the ambassador to
The Gambia from 2010 to 2012. Prior to this she served as Mission
Director for the United States Agency for International Development in
Liberia. She has served in Cameroon, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt,
Mali, and South Africa. In 2012 she received the Meal of Honor from The
Gambia, one of the only foreigners to ever receive this award.
|Ambassador Lisa J. Kubiske
Lisa J. Kubiske is the current ambassador to Honduras. She has
served in China, South America, and Washington, DC. Ambassador Kubiske
is a career foreign service officer who has served as the director of
the Office of Regional Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and as the Deputy Chief of Mission
of the United States Mission in Brazil.
|Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater
Pamela Bridgewater is the ambassador to Jamaica. She has the
distinction of being the longest serving U.S. diplomat in South Africa
during the end of the apartheid regime. She has emphasized mentorship
and diversity during her service. She has received many medals for her
work, from Benin and Ghana, for strengthening U.S. relations with those
countries and contributions to their development. She has served in
Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Washington, DC.
|Ambassador Karen Brevard Stewart
Karen Brevard Stewart is the current ambassador to Laos. Ambassador
Brevard-Stewart joined the foreign service in 1977. She has served
throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, and
Pakistan. She has also served in Belarus. Ambassador Brevard Stewart
has received the Department of Sate Meritorious and Superior Honor
Awards. She was also presented the first Diplomacy for Freedom Award
for her embassy’s work in Belarus in support of democracy and
|Ambassador Maura Connelly
Maura Connelly is the ambassador to Lebanon. As a 25-year veteran of
the foreign service, Ambassador Connelly has served in the Bureau of
Near Easter Affairs, Charge d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in
Damascus, Syria, and the Deputy Principal officer at the U.S. consulate
General in Jerusalem. She has also served as the deputy counselor for
Political Affairs for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
|Ambassador Deborah R. Malac
Deborah R. Malac the ambassador to Liberia. Ambassador Malac is a
career foreign service officer. She joined in 1981 and has served
throughout Africa, including Ethiopia, Senegal, and South Africa. She
has also served as Director of the Office of East Africa Affairs,
Deputy Director in the Office of Agricultural Biotechnology and
Textiles Trade Affairs, and Officer-in-Charge of the Food and
Agricultural Organization at the World Food Program.
|Ambassador Anne E. Derse
Anne E. Derse was the ambassador to Lithuania. She is a career
foreign service officer, who joined after receiving her Master of Arts
in International Relations in 1981. Her first assignment was in
Trinidad and Tobago from 1981 to 1983. She then seared as Minister
Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the European
Union, and assisted in establishing the embassy in Baghdad in 2004. She
also served in Azerbaijan prior to her nomination and subsequent
swearing in as Ambassador to Lithuania.
|Ambassador Jeanine Jackson
Jeanine Jackson is the current ambassador to Malwai. Previously, she
has served in Iraq and received the Secretary of State’s
Distinguished Honor Award for leading the military to civilian
transition effort. She is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Ambassador Jackson has played key roles in countries in transition
through adapting, rebuilding, and reopening different U.S. Embassies,
including in former USSR countries, Kenya, Afghanistan, and Baghdad. In
Burkina Faso, she assisted in accelerating the fight against al Qaeda,
while strengthening ties between it and the U.S.
|Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley
Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley is the ambassador Malta. Upon her
nomination in 2011, she became the first foreign service officer
assigned to Malta since 1985. She is a career diplomat who joined the
service in 1985. She has served in Iraq, Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, and
Saudi Arabia. . Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley has also served as
Director for Near East South Asian Affairs, Senior Advisor for Middle
Eastern Affairs at the Department of Defense and as Chairwoman for
Middle East Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute. She is also
a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
|Ambassador Jo Ellen Powell
Jo Ellen Powell is the first female ambassador to Mauritania. She is
a career foreign service officer. Prior to her nomination for
ambassador to Maurituania, she served as Consul General in Frankfurt,
Germany. IN this role she actively engaged the Muslim population
through the Windows on America program. Ambassador Powell has also
served as the Executive Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere
Affairs, Director of the Office of Employee Relations, and management
Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Australia. She has served in France,
Italy, Lebanon, and Jordan as well.
|Ambassador Rose Likins
Rose Likins is the ambassador to Peru. She is a career foreign
service officer who joined in 1981 after graduating from Mary
Washington College. She has served throughout Latin and South America
including Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, and El Salvador. Ambassador
Likins was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political
Military Affairs at the State Department from2003 to 2006. In 2006 she
became the Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute and Dean of
the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Professional and Area
studies. She served in these roles until 2010 when President Obama
nominated her for ambassador to Peru.
|Ambassador Susan Page
Susan Page was the first ever ambassador to South Sudan. She has
received a commendation for outstanding service to the Sudan Peace
Process. She headed the Justice and Human Rights Unit of the UN
Development Program in Rwanda, where she served as a political officer.
She has lived in Sub-Saharan Africa for the past 15 years in a variety
Cynthia Akuetteh, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class
of Career Minister, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of
Gabon and the Democratic of Sao Tome and Principe on August 13,
Ambassador Akuetteh previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary
for African Affairs from 2012-2013, and Director of the Office of
Europe, Middle East and Africa in the State Department’s Bureau
of Energy Resources, which was established to lead the State Department
in the whole of government effort to promote international energy
On August 1, 2013 the U.S. Senate confirmed Liliana Ayalde's
nomination to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Federative Republic of
Ambassador Ayalde comes to Brazil with 30 years of experience in the
diplomatic service. She most recently served as Deputy Assistant
Secretary (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere with the responsibility for
overseeing U.S. bilateral relations with Central America, the
Caribbean, and Cuba. Immediately prior to the DAS assignment she was
the Senior Assistant Administrator for the Latin American and Caribbean
Bureau for the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) coordinating important development assistance programs in
Haiti, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Between 2008 and 2011 she served as
the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay.
||Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles
Ms. Barks-Ruggles is the United States Ambassador to the Republic of
Rwanda. She previously served for three years as U.S. Consul General in
Cape Town, South Africa. From January 2009-July 2011, Ms. Barks-Ruggles
served as the Deputy to the United States Permanent Representative to
the United Nations, leading the Washington office for Ambassador Susan
Rice and serving on the Deputies Committee. She is a career Foreign
Service Officer and has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and has been posted to India,
Norway, and South Africa. From 1996-1999 she was a Director for African
Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, where she
led the successful effort to pass the Africa Growth and Opportunity
Act. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution
and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
studying the economic impacts of HIV/AIDS on businesses in Southern
Africa at the height of the AIDS crisis.
||Ambassador Leslie A. Bassett
Leslie A. Bassett arrived in Asuncion to assume her duties as
Ambassador of the United States to Paraguay on January 6, 2015.
Previously she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S.
Embassy in Seoul. She is a career member of the State
Department’s Senior Foreign Service.
Ms. Bassett has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S.
embassies in Manila, Philippines; in Mexico City, Mexico; and in
Gaborone, Botswana. Ms. Bassett’s career also includes service in
Colombia, Israel, South Africa, El Salvador and
||Ambassador Colleen Bradley Bell
Ambassador Colleen Bell was appointed by President Barack Obama to
serve as the United States’ Ambassador to Hungary and was
confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2014. Ambassador Bell
presented her credentials to President of Hungary JŠnos Ńder
on January 21, 2015.
Prior to her diplomatic service abroad, Ambassador Bell was a leading
business executive at an award-winning production company responsible
for some of the most-watched television programming in the world,
reaching more than 40 million people in more than 100 countries across
five continents. While a producer at Bell-Phillip Television
Productions in Los Angeles, Ambassador Bell’s work frequently
earned the field’s most prestigious recognition for creative
content, social awareness, and public-health education. Ambassador
Bell’s artistic vision has been recognized for its pioneering
impact on the lives of a wide array of marginalized populations in the
United States and abroad.
||Ambassador Marcia Bernicat
Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, a career member of the
Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, was nominated in 2014 by
President Obama to be the Ambassador to Bangladesh. She assumed her
position in January 2015.
The Ambassador previously served in a number of senior leadership
positions, most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the
Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State, a position she
held since 2012. She was previously Ambassador to Senegal and
Guinea-Bissau from 2008 to 2011.
||Ambassador Piper Campbell
Piper Anne Wind Campbell, a senior career Foreign Service Officer,
was sworn in as Ambassador to Mongolia on August 6, 2012, following her
nomination by President Obama and Senate confirmation.
From June 2011-June 2012, Ms. Campbell served as the senior civilian
representative of the U.S. government in southern Iraq, opening
Consulate General Basrah on July 5, 2011. Prior to her assignment to
Basrah, Ms. Campbell worked as Chief of Staff to the first-ever Deputy
Secretary of State for Management and Resources (current White House
Chief of Staff Jacob J. Lew), as well as to the current Deputy
Secretary, Thomas R. Nides.
||Ambassador Judith Beth Cefkin
Ms. Cefkin is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of
Minister -Counselor. On November 19, 2014 the U.S. Senate confirmed
her nomination to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati,
Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. Prior to this Ms. Cefkin served as the State
Department’s Senior Advisor for Burma. Other recent
assignments included Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy
in Bangkok, Thailand (2010-2013), and DCM at the U.S. Embassy in
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006-2009).
Ambassador Maureen Cormack officially became the U.S. Ambassador to
Bosnia and Herzegovina on 16 January 2015. Prior to arriving in
Sarajevo, Ambassador Maureen Cormack served in Washington D.C. as the
Executive Assistant in the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for
the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Principal Deputy Coordinator for
the Bureau of International Information Programs, and Executive
Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and
Public Affairs. Previously, she held the position of Director of the
Office of Western European Affairs, the Deputy Director for Korean
Affairs, and worked as a Pearson Fellow on the Homeland Security
Committee of the House of Representatives.
Overseas, she has served as Press Officer at the U.S. Embassy in
Seoul, Korea, as Deputy Cultural Attachť at the U.S. Embassy in Paris,
and as Consul at the American Presence Post (APP) in western France,
covering the regions of Brittany, Normandy, and the Loire.
Ambassador Hachigian was sworn in as the second resident U.S.
ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on September
Ambassador Nina Hachigian was previously a Senior Fellow at the
Center for American Progress. She was the editor of Debating China: The
U.S. – China Relationship in Ten Conversations (Oxford
University Press, 2014) and co-author ofThe Next American Century:
How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon &
Schuster, 2008), as well as many reports on Asia
||Ambassador Jane Hartley
Ambassador Jane Hartley was nominated by President Barack Obama on
June 6, 2014 to serve concurrently as the U.S. Ambassador to the French
Republic and the Principality of Monaco and was confirmed to both posts
by the U.S. Senate on September 16, 2014. She took her oath of office
on October 15, 2014 from Vice President Joseph Biden.
Ambassador Hartley is the former Chief Executive Officer of the
Observatory Group, a macro economic and political advisory firm in New
York City. She served as Chief Executive Officer of the G7 Group, a
research firm providing macroeconomic and political analysis to global
investors about the G7 countries and China, from 1994 to 2007.
||Ambassador Patricia M. Haslach
Ambassador Haslach previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary in the Department of State’s newest bureau, the
Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Prior to this,
Ambassador Haslach was the State Department’s Coordinator for
Iraq Transition in the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Management
and Resources. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating
all Washington-based State Department aspects of the U.S. transition
from military to civilian operations culminating with the withdrawal of
U.S. combat troops at the end of December 2011.
||Ambassador Greta C.
Greta C. Holtz, a career Senior Foreign Service Officer, is the
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Sultanate of Oman.
Prior to this assignment, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Ms.
Holtz served as Minister-Counselor for Provincial Affairs at the U.S.
Embassy in Baghdad (May 2009-May 2010), and ran the U.S. Provincial
||Ambassador Amy J.
J. Hyatt arrived at Embassy Koror in March 2015 to assume the position
of Ambassador. She is a career Foreign Service Officer with the
personal rank of Minister Counselor.
Hyatt has worked for the U.S. Department of State for over 29 years,
serving in Washington, DC and at seven embassies overseas. Most
recently Ms. Hyatt was the Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in
Cairo, Egypt. Before that she was the Diplomat in Residence at Arizona
Makila James was nominated for the appointment of United States
Ambassador to Swaziland by President Obama. She was confirmed by the
Senate on July 31, 2011 and sworn in as the United States Ambassador to
the Kingdom of Swaziland on August 27, 2012. Ambassador James
presented her credentials at post on September 20, 2012.
Prior to her nomination, Makila James, a career member of the Senior
Foreign Service, served as the Director of the Office of Caribbean
Affairs at the Department of State. From 2007 to 2009, she was the
Deputy Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs. From 2006 to
2007, she was the principal officer of the consulate general in Juba.
Previously, Ms. James was a member of the State Department’s
Policy Planning staff from 2003 to 2006.
Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign
Service, class of MinisterCounselor, was nominated by President Obama
to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya in March 2013. She was
confirmed by the Senate in May 2013. Ambassador Jones served as
Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute from August 2012 to
March 2013. Prior to that she was detailed as Senior Faculty Advisor
for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport,
Ms Jones served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait from 2008
to 2011 and as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in
Istanbul, Turkey from 2005 to 2007. Additional overseas assignments
include posts in Argentina, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Ethiopia (with
regional responsibility for Eritrea, Djibouti and the Sudan), and the
United Arab Emirates. Additional Washington assignments with the State
Department include the Secretariat's Seventh Floor Operations Center,
as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near East and South
Asian Affairs, Acting Public Affairs Advisor to the Assistant Secretary
for Near East Affairs, Jordan Desk Officer, Director of the Office of
Arabian Peninsula Affairs and Iran, and the Board of
||Ambassador Tina S.
Ambassador Tina Kaidanow assumed her current position as
Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State
Department on February 18, 2014. Previously, she served as Deputy
Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from September 2012 to October
2013. Ambassador Kaidanow became the Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in July 2011,
having served earlier as the bureau’s Deputy Assistant
Secretary responsible for issues related to Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and
the Caucasus (August 2009 - June 2011).
Caroline B. Kennedy was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Japan on
November 12, 2013.
Ms. Kennedy is a lawyer, author, education advocate, and lifelong
supporter of the arts. Ms. Kennedy has served as the Vice Chair, Board
of Directors and Honorary Director for the Fund for Public Schools in
New York City since 2002. From 2002 to 2004, she served as the Chief
Executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City
Department of Education. Ms. Kennedy is on the Board of Directors for
New Visions for Public Schools, the New Visions Charter School for
Advanced Math and Science, and the New Visions Charter School for the
||Ambassador Betty E. King
Ambassador Betty King was nominated on October 22, 2009, by
President Obama to serve as the Representative of the United States to
the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations
in Geneva. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and attested by the
President on February 12, 2010.
Ambassador King served as the United States Representative to the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under Presidents Bill
Clinton and George W. Bush. In that capacity, she worked on human
rights, development, children, aging, and population issues. She was
the principal U.S. negotiator on the Millennium Development Goals.
||Ambassador Helen La Lime
Ambassador Helen Meagher La Lime was confirmed by the Senate as
United States Ambassador to the Republic of Angola in May 2014. A
career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister
Counselor, Ambassador La Lime has a wide range of policy, leadership,
and management experience developed through service in Africa, the
United States, and Europe.
Prior to Angola, she served as the Director of J9 (Outreach), U.S.
Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, where she worked on aspects of
our military cooperation programs in Africa. She was Deputy Chief of
Mission and Charg√© d’ Affaires in South Africa, one of the
Africa Bureau’s largest missions, from 2009 to 2011,
contributing to a significant partnership effort with the South African
Government. She also served as Consul General in Cape Town (2006-2008),
U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique (2003-2006), Deputy Chief of Mission of
U.S. Embassy Rabat (2001-2003), and Director of the Office of Central
African Affairs (2000-2001).
||Ambassador Suzan LeVine
Suzan ‚€œSuzi‚€� LeVine was sworn in as the
United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on May 30,
2014. She took up her position in Bern on June 2, 2014.
Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Suzi focused on education in
both her professional and volunteer life. From 2006-2013, she served as
the co-founder and then chairperson of the advisory board for the
Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of
Washington ‚€“ one of the world’s leading early
learning research institutes. From 2009-2012, Suzi worked at Microsoft
Corporation as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Student
Developers and Director of Communications for Education. In these
roles, she worked with innovative students, school leaders and
educators from around the world, helped promote the importance of
teaching 21st century skills, and managed relationships with
other organizations dedicated to student inspiration and success.
Barbara A. Leaf was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to the
United Arab Emirates on November 17, 2014. Prior to that, she served as
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Arabian Peninsula in the
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2013-2014, and as Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Iraq from 2011-2013. Ambassador-Designate Leaf directed
the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in the strategic province of
Basrah, Iraq from 2010-2011, leaving an assignment as Political
Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, to oversee the
PRT's transition to a U.S. Consulate General. Prior to Rome,
Ambassador-Designate Leaf served as the first Director of the
Department of State's Office of Iranian Affairs.
Deborah A. McCarthy, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service,
is the current U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania. She was sworn into that
office on February 5, 2013. Prior to holding this position, Ms.
McCarthy was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for
Economic and Business Affairs, responsible for global economic
engagement and negotiations (2010-2013).
From 2008 to 2010, Deborah McCarthy served as Deputy Chief of
Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, and from 2006 to 2008, Special
Coordinator for Venezuelan Affairs. Previous appointments have been as
Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism from 2004 to 2006, and as Deputy
Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law
Enforcement from 2002 to 2004.
||Ambassador Virginia Palmer
Virginia Palmer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.
She arrived in Lilongwe on January 27, 2015 to assume her
responsibilities as the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi. Prior to serving in
Malawi, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Pretoria from 2011 to
2014, including extended service as Charg√© d’ Affaires. She
served in similar capacities at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam.
She served in the Department of State as the Deputy Coordinator for
Counterterrorism from 2005 to 2008 and Director of the East Asia
Bureau’s Office of Economic Policy from 2004 to 2005. She was
Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Her other
postings include Beijing, Hong Kong, Harare, Calgary, the Office of
Maghreb Affairs, and the Operations Center.
Ambassador Mary Catherine (Molly) Phee was sworn in as U.S.
Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan on July 15, 2015. Ambassador
Phee is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of
Minister-Counselor. She most recently served as Chief of Staff to the
U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Ambassador Phee completed
a three-year assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2014.
||Ambassador Joan A.
Joan A. Polaschik, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service,
class of Counselor, currently serves as Director of the Office of Egypt
and Levant Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, a position she has
held since 2013. With a strong background in the region, including
assignments in Tunisia, Jordan and most recently, Libya, Ms. Polaschik
stands out for her focused calm and ability to remain cool in a crisis.
She has shown outstanding leadership and has been cited for her
mentorship and interpersonal skills. She also has significant U.S.
interagency experience with a focus on regional security and
counterterrorism, experience that will prove valuable in Algeria, the
largest country in Africa and second most populous Arab
Phyllis M. Powers is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service,
with the rank of Minister-Counselor. Ms. Powers is U.S. Ambassador to
Nicaragua. Her previous assignment was as Ambassador to the Republic of
Prior to Panama, Ms. Powers was Director of the Office of Provincial
Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. From 2005 until June
2007, she was Deputy Chief of Mission of the U. S. Embassy in Lima,
Peru and before that she was posted in Colombia as the Director of the
Narcotics Affairs Section responsible for the Counter-Narcotics program
known as Plan Colombia. She also served as the Management Counselor for
the Embassy in Colombia. In Washington, D.C., Ms. Powers served as
Senior Post Management Officer for the Bureau of Near East Asia and
South Asia, with oversight responsibility for Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, and the Persian Gulf countries and as Deputy Director of
the Office of Travel Support in the Bureau of Administration. Ms.
Powers' career also includes tours in Jordan, Russia, and
||Ambassador Doria Rosen
Dorothea-Maria (Doria) Rosen, a career member of the Senior Foreign
Service, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of
Micronesia on August 9, 2012, becoming the eighth person to hold that
Most recently, she served as the Diplomat-in-Residence for the Midwest
region, based out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to
this position, she was the Deputy Principal Officer in Frankfurt,
Germany. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Rosen served as the Consul General in
Bern, Switzerland. From 2001 to 2004, she was Deputy Chief of Mission
in Reykjavik, Iceland.
||Ambassador Cathy M.
Cathy Russell currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for
Global Women’s Issues. Prior to assuming this position in
August 2013, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief
of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden focusing on military families
and higher education. During her tenure at the White House, Ambassador
Russell coordinated the development of the Administration’s
strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally. She
previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee on international women’s issues. During the Clinton
Administration, Russell served as Associate Deputy Attorney General.
She has also served as Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee
and Senior Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy. She received a B.A. in
Philosophy from Boston College and a J.D. from George Washington
Dana Shell Smith was confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. Ambassador
to Qatar on July 10, 2014. Previously, she served as Principal Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs from 2011 to 2014 and as Deputy
Assistant Secretary for International Media.
Prior to her assignments in the Bureau of Public Affairs, Ambassador
Smith was the Department's Regional Arabic Language Spokesperson in
Dubai. She served in a number of positions including as Senior Advisor
to the Director General and overseas tours of duty in Taipei, Amman,
Tel Aviv/Gaza, and Cairo.
||Ambassador Pamela Spratlen
The U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela L. Spratlen, was nominated
by President Barack Obama on July 28 2014, and confirmed by the Senate
on November 20, 2014. She was sworn in as United States Ambassador to
Uzbekistan on December 18, 2014.
A career member of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Spratlen has over 20
years of policy and leadership accomplishment across a wide variety of
assignments, including her most recent position as the U.S. Ambassador
to the Kyrgyz Republic.
||Ambassador Karen Stanton
Ambassador of the United States to the Democratic Republic of
Timor-Leste Karen Stanton. A career member of the Senior Foreign
Service, Ambassador Stanton served most recently as the Executive
Director of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Stanton joined
the Foreign Service in 1980. She served overseas most recently as the
Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.
||Margaret Ann Uyehara
Margaret Ann Uyehara was confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S.
Ambassador to Montenegro in December 2014. A career member of the
Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, Ms. Uyehara has
three decades of experience managing Department of State staff and
Ambassador Shari Villarosa was confirmed as Ambassador to the
Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles in September 2012.
She previously served as Deputy Coordinator for Regional Affairs for
the Bureau of Counterterrorism of the Department of State. She also
served as Chief of Mission in Rangoon, Burma. Prior to that assignment
she served as Director of Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore
Affairs in the Department of State’s East Asia and Pacific
Bureau; and economic counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta,
||Ambassador Alice G.
Alice G. Wells, a career Foreign Service Officer, was sworn in as
the United States Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on July
28, 2014. She previously served as a senior adviser in the Near Eastern
Affairs Bureau in the Department of State, as Special Assistant to the
President for Russia and Central Asia in the White House (2012-2013);
Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Clinton (2011-2012); and
Executive Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J.