Obama Nominates Ambassadors to Thailand, Mauritania

Tejinder Singh – AHN News Correspondent

Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – U.S. President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Kristie A. Kenney, as the nominee for Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand and Jo Ellen Powell, as the nominee for Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

On the nominations, President Obama commented, “I am proud to nominate these accomplished individuals to represent our nation abroad.

I am grateful they have agreed to serve in these important roles, and I look forward to working with them to strengthen our global partnerships.”

Kristie A. Kenney, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines.

Prior to that, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador.

Her Washington, D.C assignments have included serving as the Executive Secretary of the Department of State, Director of the State Department Operations Center, and as a member of the National Security Council staff under President Clinton. She also served in Argentina, Switzerland and Jamaica.

Jo Ellen Powell also a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany.

Prior to that Powell was 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 Canberra, Australia.

Other overseas assignments include France, Italy, Lebanon, and Jordan.

In Washington, Powell served in the Executive Secretariat and the European Bureau Executive Office.

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