Frankie Annette Reed was sworn in as the next United States ambassador to the Pacific island nations of Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru

Frankie Annette Reed was sworn in as the next United States ambassador to the Pacific island nations of Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru in a ceremony at the U.S. State Department.



In August, President Barack Obama tapped Reed for the ambassadorship. In the post, Reed will be in charge of diplomatic relations for the islands. In addition, Reed was recently elevated to the Minister-Counselor within the Senior Foreign Service, a high-level diplomatic rank.

“I am honored with my appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu,” Reed said. “The road to becoming an ambassador is very different for each individual. However, none of us accomplishes this alone.”

Reed credited the leadership principles she learned from journalism professors during her student days in the School of Communications. She also said her tenure as editor-in-chief of The Hilltop gave her the management background and public diplomacy skills that are important to running an embassy.

Reed earned a bachelor’s in journalism from Howard in 1975. She went on to earn a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1983, she was a Peace Corps volunteer and a journalist.

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Kah Walla is a candidate in the 2011 Presidential elections in Cameroon

After an extremely impressive entry into national politics in 2007, Kah Walla is today recognized as one of Cameroon’s political leaders and certainly the most remarkable leader of her generation on the political scene. On October 23, 2010, Kah Walla officially announced her candidacy for the presidential election of 2011.

At 45, this African entrepreneur is internationally recognized for her expertise in management, her understanding of development issues and her strong stance on Africa, its women and youths. She was recognized in 2008 by the World Bank as one of 7 women entrepreneurs in AfricaOver the past 15 years, Walla has developed an African firm which offers consulting services in leadership and management, respecting the highest norms and standards in the international market.

STRATEGIES! offers services to multinational firms as well as international development organizations. She is a board member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum. Political choices oriented by professional experience: Whether it is economic strategy, decentralization, the inclusion of young people and women in policy design and implementation, the creation of jobs, or the leadership of Cameroon in the Central Africa sub-region; solutions proposed by Walla are clearly inspired by her 25 years of experience in these areas, her worldwide network on issues of development and her fieldwork. Grassroots, Grassroots, Grassroots! This is Kah Walla’s favorite word. For over 20 years, she has worked with civil society in Cameroon and Africa developing policies and projects at international, national and local levels with farmers, traders, motorbike drivers, persons with disabilities, fishermen, students associations, governments, etc. This is how she translates her vision of a “Cameroon governed with and for the people.”

To help the grassroots organize to defend its interests and have a voice in defining and implementing policies at the national level, Kah Walla created Cameroon Ô’Bosso, a citizenship movement whose 11 demands for electoral reform in Cameroon and call for the massive registration of voters on electoral lists are at the heart of political debate.Well known for her strong stands on issues of transparency and budget management, in the Douala 1 Council, she also took a clear position in 2008 against the constitutional amendment in favor of the non-limitation of presidential terms of office. Since 2009, she has provided criticism, but also concrete suggestions for repairing the legitimacy and technical ability of the independent electoral commission. On October 23, 2010, Kah Walla resigned from the Social Democratic Front over differences on the strategic approach to the 2011 elections. She announced her candidacy to the office of President of the Republic of Cameroon and began running a campaign on the slogan « THE TIME IS NOW ! »

Find out more about Kah Walla.

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American Diplomats – Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater

Source: US State Department

Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater has enjoyed a celebrated career as a United States Foreign Service officer who has led diplomatic efforts that helped change the course of world events. A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Ambassador Bridgewater is a graduate of Walker-Grant High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Virginia State University, received a master of arts degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati, and completed course work and advanced to candidacy for the PhD degree from the American University School of International Service.

A Foreign Service Career Minister, Ambassador Bridgewater’s overseas tours include Belgium, The Bahamas, and Jamaica. She has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and was the first African-American woman to serve as principal officer (consul general) in Durban, South Africa. She has the distinction of being the longest-serving U.S. diplomat in South Africa during the historic transition from Apartheid to a nonracial government. As the political officer assigned to cover Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, a former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa said, “Bridgewater established a degree of trust and confidence with Mr. Mandela and the ANC leadership that the U.S. had not previously enjoyed.”

At the height of the most recent civil war in Liberia, Ambassador Bridgewater was named Special Coordinator for Peace in Liberia and spearheaded the efforts that led to a comprehensive peace agreement and democratic elections. Her extraordinary accomplishments and leadership abilities led President Bill Clinton to name her U.S. Ambassador to Benin; President George W. Bush to name her U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, and now, President Obama has asked her to serve as his representative as Chief of the United States Mission in Jamaica.

Before joining the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Bridgewater was a university professor at Morgan State University and Bowie State University in Maryland, and Voorhees College in South Carolina. She received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Virginia State University and the University of Cincinnati, and Morgan State University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Public Service.

There is a consistent theme that appears throughout Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater’s professional life, and that is her role as both mediator and mentor. As a professor, she intellectually challenged and encouraged her students who later distinguished themselves as states’ attorney generals, judges, academicians and authors. Among Ambassador Bridgewater’s mentees is former Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade and Ambassador, Anthony Hylton, who was her political science student at Morgan State University.

A tireless public servant, Ambassador Bridgewater has won numerous commendations for her contributions to international affairs and public policy including the Girl Scouts of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dominion Power Strong Leaders Award, and the 100 Black Women’s Candace Award. She is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Charles Cobb Award for Trade Promotion, and three Department of State Superior Honor Awards.

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American Diplomats – Jennifer Saporia King

Source: US State Department

Jennifer Saporia King currently serves as the lead foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) focusing on persons at risk due to the release of Wiki Leaks material. Ms. King began her State Department career as an intern for DRL in the Fall of 2002. She then returned as a 2003 Presidential Management Fellow assigned to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the Office of Intelligence and Threat Analysis’ Middle East and North Africa division.

In 2005 Ms. King rotated into DRL as a foreign affairs officer with DRL’s programming unit where she implemented more than $300 million in grants for human rights and democracy funds. In August of 2007, Ms. King volunteered for a hard-to-fill position as a political officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her portfolio included human rights, women’s rights, and rule of law issues.

Ms. King, a native of Connecticut graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English in 1993. She then joined the United States Navy, where she served for six years as an Arabic translator. In 2003, she graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a M.S. in international studies concentrating on the Middle East.

Before volunteering for a position in Saudi Arabia she served as a foreign affairs officer for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). She has traveled to Afghanistan, India, Lebanon, and Nepal.

As a diplomat Ms. King wants to learn how to say “thank you” in 50 languages before her 50th birthday. As of February 2011 she can say “thank you” in 34 languages.

Ms. King credits her accomplishments to Harriet Tubman. Her goal is to make sure she achieves the liberties that were denied to Harriet Tubman and others like her.

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