President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual:
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Department of State
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister-Counselor, is Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. She is also Chairman of the Board of Foreign Service.
Previously, from 2008 to 2012, she was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia.
From 2006 to 2008, she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for African Affairs, and from 2004 to 2006, she was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Other assignments have included overseas postings in Nigeria, The Gambia, Kenya, Jamaica, Pakistan, and Switzerland. From 1991 to 1993, she served as a Staff Assistant in the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service.
Prior to joining the Department of State in 1982, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield received a B.A. from Louisiana State University and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin.