U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has named veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to join his forthcoming Cabinet as his pick for U.N. ambassador, his transition team announced Monday. The post requires Senate confirmation.
If confirmed, Thomas-Greenfield will be returning to the public service arena after she retired from a 35-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service in 2017.
From 2013 to 2017, she worked as the assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, focusing on U.S. policy regarding sub-Saharan Africa. From 2012 to 2013, she served as the director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources.
Thomas-Greenfield’s legacy left footprints in several countries, including Liberia, Switzerland, Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria and Jamaica. She has held other jobs, including principal deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008) and deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (2004-2006).
According to Biden’s statement, Thomas-Greenfield led the Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group and was also the inaugural distinguished resident fellow in African Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy from fall 2017 to spring 2019. She joined ISD in spring 2017 as a senior State Department fellow.
Thomas was born in 1952 in Louisiana.
She earned a B.A. from Louisiana State University and a M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, where she worked toward a Ph.D. She received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Wisconsin in May 2018.
Thomas-Greenfield alluded to her mother as she posted a tweet accepting the nomination.