The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, retired this year after 35 years as a member of the Career Foreign Service. She is now a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a Senior Counselor for the Albright Stonebridge Group. During Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s long and distinguished career, she served as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources for the State Department, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. She was appointed ambassador to Liberia, and held foreign postings in Switzerland, Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is a recipient of the Hubert Humphrey Award for Public Leadership, the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, and the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs. She earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate.