Nancy Jo Powell

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Nancy Jo Powell
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United States Ambassador to India
In office
April 19, 2012 – March 31, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Albert Peter Burleigh
Succeeded by Richard Rahul Verma (pending; nominated September 2014)
United States Ambassador to Nepal
In office
July 16, 2007 – March 12, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by James F. Moriarty
Succeeded by Scott H. DeLisi
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
August 2, 2002 – November 5, 2004
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Wendy Chamberlin
Succeeded by Ryan C. Crocker
United States Ambassador to Ghana
In office
July 16, 2001 – May 26, 2002
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Kathryn Dee Robinson
Succeeded by Mary Carlin Yates
United States Ambassador to Uganda
In office
November 7, 1997 – July 9, 1999
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by E. Michael Southwick
Succeeded by Martin George Brennan
Personal details
Born 1947
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Northern Iowa
Profession Career Diplomat

Nancy Jo Powell (born 1947, Cedar Falls, Iowa) was the United States Ambassador to India.[1]

Powell was Director General of the United States Foreign Service, a position she assumed after serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal.[2] Powell is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Ambassador Powell joined the United States Foreign Service in 1977, and has held assignments in Africa and South Asia.

On 31st March 2014, it was announced that she would be retiring in May 2014, after 37 years of service.[3]

Previous positions[edit]

  • United States Ambassador to India, 2012-2014
  • Director General of the United States Foreign Service, 2009-2012
  • Ambassador to Nepal, July 16, 2007 – 2009
  • National Intelligence Officer for South Asia, National Intelligence Council, 2006–2007
  • Senior Coordinator for Avian Influenza and Infectious Diseases, 2006 (?)
  • Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, March 14 – November 25, 2005[4]
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, November 2004 – March 2005
  • Ambassador to Pakistan, August 9, 2002 – October 2004
  • Ambassador to Ghana, August 14, 2001 – May 2002
  • Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, January 2001 – June 2001
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, July 1999 – January 2001
  • Ambassador to Uganda, 1997–1999
  • Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1995–1997
  • Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, 1993–1995
  • Consul General in Calcutta, India, 1992–1993
  • Deputy Chief of Mission in Lome, Togo, 1990–1992

Other overseas assignments have included Islamabad, Pakistan; Katmandu, Nepal; and Ottawa, Canada; and previous Washington assignments were those of Nepal Desk Officer and Refugee Assistance Officer.[5]


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