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.