Speaker Information
Global Issues 2018


Linda Thomas-Greenfield


Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield is currently serving as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Prior to this she was Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs (2013-2017) and Director General of the Foreign Service and the Head of Human Resources (2012-2013). She served as Ambassador to Liberia (2008-2012).

Amb. Thomas-Greenfield's 35-year foreign service career also includes service as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Earlier in her career she had assignments in Jamaica, Nigeria, The Gambia, Kenya, Pakistan, Switzerland at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and in Washington.

Amb. Thomas-Greenfield is the recipient of several Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. In 2012 she was recognized as a Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She was the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs and in 2010 she was inducted into the Louisiana State University Alumni Hall of Distinction.

Amb. Thomas-Greenfield holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin.