Linda Thomas-Greenfield

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Linda Thomas-Greenfield 2013.jpg
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
In office
August 6, 2013 – March 10, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
DeputyRobert P. Jackson[1]
Preceded byJohnnie Carson
Succeeded byPeter Barlerin (Acting)
Director General of the United States Foreign Service
In office
April 2, 2012 – August 2, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byNancy Powell
Succeeded byArnold Chacón
United States Ambassador to Liberia
In office
August 27, 2008 – February 29, 2012
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byDonald Booth
Succeeded byDeborah R. Malac
Personal details
Born1952 (age 66–67)
Baker, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma materLouisiana State University, Baton Rogue
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Linda Thomas-Greenfield (born 1952, in Baker, Louisiana) is an American diplomat who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the United States Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs from 2013 to 2017.[2][3] She is currently Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC.[4]

She has also served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012–2013), Ambassador to Liberia (2008–2012), and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (2004–2006).[2][5][6]


  1. ^ "Biographies: Principals". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs". Department of State. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
  3. ^ Morello, Carol (March 2, 2017). "That drip-drip is the sound of two more senior diplomats leaving Foggy Bottom". Washington Post. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
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  5. ^ "Appointments and Resignations - Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs: Who Is Linda Thomas-Greenfield?". AllGov - News. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
  6. ^ "Thomas-Greenfield, Linda (1952- )". The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-29.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Donald Booth
United States Ambassador to Liberia
Succeeded by
Deborah R. Malac
Preceded by
Nancy Powell
Director General of the Foreign Service
Succeeded by
Arnold Chacón
Government offices
Preceded by
Donald Yamamoto
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Succeeded by
Peter Barlerin