Ambassador Bisa Williams is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister Counselor, and is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for West Africa and sub-Saharan African economic policy issues. She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger from 2010 to 2013. She was the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs and also served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Her foreign postings include U.S. Embassies in Mauritius, France, Panama and Guinea. In addition to assignments in the Department, other U.S. postings include as Director for International Organizations in the National Security Council at The White House, and advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. She speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese and is the recipient of five Superior Honor and four Meritorious Honor Awards.
Ambassador Williams holds Master degrees from the National War College of the National Defense University in Washington, DC and the University of California, Los Angeles, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Yale.