Invitation: February 10 Online Press Briefing on AU Summit Readout and Diplomacy, Development Issues in the US-Africa Relationship

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 5

Please join the U.S. Department of State for an online press conference featuring Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa Linda Etim. They will discuss the recent African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, as well as answer questions about U.S. diplomacy and development efforts throughout the continent. Journalists will be able to ask submit questions ahead of time and live during the briefing.


Speakers: Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield

USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa Linda Etim

Topic: AU Summit Outcomes and U.S. Diplomacy and Development in Africa

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time: 08:30 a.m. EDT | 13:30 GMT

Language: English (live interpretation into French and Portuguese on listen-only phone line will also be provided)

Ground rules: ON THE RECORD

Link/Dial-in: To be provided upon RSVP

Dial-in Info: Please note that all phone lines are listen only – to ask questions you must enter them in the chat interface OR you can email them to We appreciate you sending as many questions ahead of time as possible.

Email address: During the webchat, if you need to send your question via email instead of the webchat interface, please send it to and we will add them to the queue.

RSVP: To with your name and affiliation by 3:00 p.m. EDT February 9, 2016.

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[Photo of Linda Thomas-Greenfield]

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Assistant Secretary

Bureau of African Affairs

Term of Appointment: 08/06/2013 to present

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013 and sworn in on August 6, 2013 as the next Assistant Secretary for African Affairs.

Prior to assuming her current position, as Director General she led a team of about 400 employees who carried out the full range of personnel functions for the State Department’s 60,000-strong workforce – from recruitment and hiring, through evaluations and promotions, to retirement.

Since beginning her Foreign Service career in 1982 as a consular officer in Kingston, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has risen through the ranks to the Minister Counselor level. Overseas she has served in Jamaica, Nigeria, The Gambia, Kenya, Pakistan, Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the UN), and most recently as Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia, where she served from 2008 to 2012. In Washington she has worked in the Bureau of Human Resources, as well as the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, where she was a Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2004 to 2006, and the Bureau of African Affairs, where she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2006 to 2008.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs in recognition of her work with refugees. She has received several Superior, Meritorious, and Performance awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. She was a 2010 inductee into the Louisiana State University Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught political science at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate.

[Official photo] Linda Etim

USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa

Term of Appointment: 12/2015 to present

Linda Etim was sworn in as USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Africa in December 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for more than $7 billion of assistance funding to 46 countries, in 29 regional and bilateral missions across sub-Saharan Africa.

Most recently, Ms. Etim served as USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa where she oversaw USAID’s support to the United States’ goals of stabilizing fragile states and promoting transformational development through the full range of foreign assistance programming. This includes, promoting peace and security, democracy, good governance, agricultural development, free markets and economic integration, a sustainable environment, improved human health, education and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in times of need.

From 2009-2012, Ms. Etim served on the National Security Council as the Director for East African Affairs, where she was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on some of the African continent’s most important challenges, including civil-military affairs, governance, economic growth, and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa.

Previously, Ms. Etim spent over a decade as a specialist in African security affairs for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

Ms. Etim received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in African International Affairs, French, and Portuguese


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