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.