Elder, Christine Ann - Republic of Liberia - March 2016


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Liberia

CANDIDATE: Christine Ann Elder


Christine Ann Elder, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, currently serves as the Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, a position she has held since 2013. With 25 years of public service, Ms. Elder has extensive experience in Europe and Africa helping young democracies to heal political divisions and revive their economies. Her ability to manage large programs and lead teams to achieve results makes her an excellent choice for U.S. Ambassador to Liberia.

Previously, Ms. Elder served as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique (2010-2013). Prior to that, she served in the Department of State as Acting Deputy Coordinator for International Information Programs (2009-2010), Strategic Planning Officer in the Bureau of International Programs (2007-2009), and Deputy Director for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2006-2007). She served as a Senior Watch Officer in the Department’s Operations Center (2005-2006). Before that, Ms. Elder served as Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (2002-2005), Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (2001-2002), and Public Diplomacy Officer in the Bureau of European Affairs (2000-2001). Early assignments in the Foreign Service and Civil Service included positions at U.S. Embassy Berlin and U.S. Embassy Bonn, Germany, and as a Policy and Planning Officer in the Department’s Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. Before joining the Department of State, she served as a Trade Policy Assistant with the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ms. Elder earned a B.A. from The University of Kentucky in 1989, and an M.A. from George Washington University in 1992. She has received six Department of State Superior Honor awards, and speaks German, Portuguese, and Hungarian.