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“Gumbo Diplomacy” comes to the United Nations




Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Linda Thomas-Greenfield has been tapped by President-elect Biden to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Biden introduced her by saying:  “America is back.  Multilateralism is back.  Diplomacy is back.”

Thomas-Greenfield was born in Baker, Louisiana in 1952 and was the 18th Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Presidents Obama and Trump from 2013 to 2017.

Prior to that she served as Director General of the United States Foreign Service and United States Ambassador to Liberia.

Thomas-Greenfield completed her undergraduate education at Louisiana State University (at the same time as white Supremist/KKK leader David Duke) and her graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

She taught political science before joining the Foreign Service and serving for 35 years.

Thomas-Greenfield was a volunteer member of the Biden presidential transition Agency Review Team.

Thomas Greenfield said of her nomination via her Twitter account:  “[i]n my thirty-five years in the Foreign Services across the world, I put a Cajun spin on it.  I call it Gumbo diplomacy.

Wherever I was posted, I’d invite people of all walks then make homemade gumbo.  That’s how you break down barriers, connect, and see each other as humans.”

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