United States Mission to the United Nations
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For Immediate Release
October 6, 2023
ICYMI: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Discusses Her More Than 35-Year Career in Foreign Service and the Future of American Diplomacy with Francesca Chambers of USA Today
“On every level, I think that when we look at Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield, she’s an extraordinary public servant. She’s an extraordinary leader,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in an interview with USA Today. “She’s always got a perspective on history, but her vision is always about the future.”
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USA Today: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the UN is recruiting the next class of Black diplomats
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, shared highlights of her more than 35-year career in the Foreign Service with Francesca Chambers of USA Today. The Ambassador also spoke on her work to recruit the next generation of American diplomats to diversify the ranks of the State Department.
Today, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is one of just a handful of Black women to reach the highest levels of American diplomacy, but there has been improvement since she began her diplomatic career in 1982. The Ambassador stressed the need for more diplomats in the Foreign Service, including women and people of color, to better represent the rich diversity of the United States.
Reflecting on Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s appointment to lead the United States Mission to the United Nations, Vice President Kamala Harris noted that President Joe Biden chose the Ambassador because he has the “utmost respect and confidence in her ability” to bring people together at a time of great challenges for the country and for the world. “Make no mistake, she is there for a reason, at this moment in time.”