New ambassador to Panama

White House Nominates Phyllis Marie Powers As New Ambassador to Panama

Thursday, July 15 2010 @ 04:22 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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On 12 July 2010 the White House sent an official notification to the US Senate, to inform them that President Barack Obama has nominated “Phyllis Marie Powers, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Panama.” Powers has extensive foreign service experience. Her last service, according to the US State Department website, was serving in Iraq as the Director of Provincial Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in that country. She was the director of Drug Enforcement Programs for the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, and has served in the Office of South Asia and East Asia. Powers’ resume includes a degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as missions to Peru, Russia, Poland and Jordan. Powers will replace Barbara Stephenson, who in April announced she would continue her career in London. The State Department reported yesterday the White House has prohibited the disclosure of any information on the appointment until after it is ratified by the Senate, which takes several months. (La Prensa, and White House)

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