Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Join 90th Anniversary Celebration

Representative of the United States to the United Nations will join event in New York City
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The Fletcher School is pleased to announce that Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, will serve as keynote speaker for Fletcher’s 90th anniversary celebration in New York City. The event will be held at the Harmonie Club in the city’s Upper East Side on October 11th, 2023, from 6:00-9:00pm.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations as well as the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations on January 20, 2021.  She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and inaugurated in February, 2021.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat, returned to public service after retiring from a 35-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service in 2017.  From 2013 to 2017 she served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, where she led the bureau focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team in charge of the State Department’s 70,000-strong workforce.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s distinguished Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia (2008-2012), and postings in Switzerland (at the United States Mission to the United Nations, Geneva), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica.  In Washington, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (2004-2006).

After retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2017, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield led the Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic commercial diplomacy firm chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  She was also the inaugural Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University from fall 2017 to spring 2019.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the 2017 recipient of University of Minnesota Hubert Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the 2015 recipient of the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award and the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs.  

At the New York event, Thomas-Greenfield will deliver keynote remarks on diplomacy and global governance. Attendees will also hear from Dean Kelly Sims Gallagher, student speaker Akshaya Mohan, Professor Ian Johnstone, and Professor Thomas Dannenbaum. Tickets, available to the entire Fletcher community, include food and beverages for a lively evening of networking, inspiration, and celebration.