President Obama nominates Patricia M. Haslach as a new U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia
Awramba Times (Washington DC) — President Barack Obama nominated Patricia M. Haslach as a new U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia. Obama’s announcement about Haslach came yesterday, along with six other nominees for ambassador posts in Brazil, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Vatican.
Haslach is currently a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. She was the Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy of the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative. she was also Coordinator for Assistance Transition at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
Haslach is a Career Minister of the Senior Foreign Service. She began her diplomatic career in 1986 as an agricultural attaché with the Foreign Agricultural Service, then transferred to the Department of State as an economic officer. She served as the Director, Office for Afghanistan, responsible for overseeing a multi-billion-dollar reconstruction program for Afghanistan.
Prior to this, she served as the Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan and agricultural Attaché in New Delhi, India; Political Officer in the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and Resource Officer in Lagos, Nigeria, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 1997 Ms. Haslach received the Sinclaire Award for the study of a hard language. In 1999 she was selected as the winner of the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance, and in 2002 she was awarded the Director General’s Award for Impact and Originality in Reporting.
Born in 1956 in Rockville Center, New York. Haslach earned her BA in Political Science from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and a Master in International Affairs and Certificate on Western Europe from Columbia University.
Haslach is expected to replace the outgoing ambassador, Donald Booth after the confirmation of her nomination by the Senate.