President-elect Joe Biden on Monday nominated Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat who has served under two previous administrations, as ambassador to the United Nations.
As Biden attempts to fulfill a promise to show diversity among his Cabinet, he nominated Thomas-Greenfield, a Black woman whose impressive career record has landed her in foreign service posts from Pakistan to Kenya and all of sub-Saharan Africa.
“My mother taught me to lead with the power of kindness and compassion to make the world a better place,” Thomas-Greenfield said in a tweet following the announcement of her nomination. “I’ve carried that lesson with me throughout my career in Foreign Service – and, if confirmed, will do the same as Ambassador to the United Nations.”
Thomas-Greenfield, who served in various positions under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was the assistant secretary of state for African American affairs from 2013 to 2017 before she was fired after Donald Trump took office amid a purge of top-level State Department officials.