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 Singapore
CANDIDATE: Barbera Hale Thornhill
Barbera Hale Thornhill is a successful business executive, civic leader and philanthropist in Los Angeles, California, where she is president of Impact Design, a business-focused interior design firm. She is an active member of the Getty Research Institute Council, the Getty Paintings Council, the World Affairs Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy, all of Los Angeles. Ms. Thornhill’s leadership in civic initiatives and philanthropy, her decades of business experience, and active engagement in shaping and achieving the goals of a broad range of organizations, make her a strong candidate for U.S. Ambassador to Singapore.
Much of Ms. Thornhill’s extensive philanthropic work has focused on direct action to address the negative impact on children of poverty, abuse and neglect. As Secretary of the Board of the Children’s Institute of Los Angeles, California, a nonprofit organization that provides services to children and families affected by family and community violence within Los Angeles’s most challenged neighborhoods, she led successful fund-raising initiatives to finance the Institute’s work. She was president of The Colleagues, an organization of women that has raised millions of dollars to finance Children’s Institute, Inc (CII) for over 25 years. She is an active member of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, which sponsors literacy, technology and cultural programs at the city’s libraries. She is also a long-time board member of the West Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Children’s Chorus of Los Angeles and New York.
Ms. Thornhill attended the University of California at Los Angeles, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.