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ECDC congratulates Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on her confirmation as the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is a dedicated and experienced public servant who will serve her country admirably in this position as she has throughout her distinguished career. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was a scholar at the University of Wisconsin before embarking on a long career with the U.S. Foreign Service. She has served in the State Department as the head of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, as ambassador to Liberia, and most recently as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 2013-2017.

Not only is Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield one of America’s most respected and distinguished diplomats, she has been a pioneer in her field and has served as a mentor and role model for countless women in the foreign affairs profession. “I have personally seen Linda’s dedication to serving the world’s most vulnerable people. With a record 79.5 million refugees and displaced persons around the world, and new conflict raging in the Horn of Africa, it is more important than ever to have experienced leadership guided by firm moral principles” said ECDC president Dr. Tsehaye Teferra. As a Foreign Service officer in Rwanda in 1994, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield saw first-hand what happens when the international community abandons its responsibilities. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s intelligence, resilience, and optimism will help her serve this nation well on the international stage.

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