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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of David C. Fields To Be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions


The President today announced his intention to nominate David C. Fields, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions at the Department of State, with the rank of Ambassador. He would succeed James E. Nolan, Jr.

Since 1986 Ambassador Fields has served as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security at the Department of State, 1984 - 1986; administrative counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London, 1980 - 1984; administrative counselor at the American Embassy in Islamabad, 1979 - 1980; administrative officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, 1975 - 1979; budget officer for the Office of Budget at the Department of State, 1973 - 1975; university training at Cornell University, 1972 - 1973; administrative officer in Ouagadougou, 1970 - 1972; budget officer for the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, 1967 - 1970; chief accountant for Thorsen Manufacturing Co. in Emeryville, CA, 1965 - 1967; sales representative for the California-Western State Life Insurance Co. in San Rafael, CA, 1965; accountant for the Basalt Rock Co. in Napa, CA, 1962 - 1965; and export negotiator in the international division of the Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, CA, 1960 - 1962.

Ambassador Fields graduated from Armstrong College (B.A., 1960), and he attended Cornell Graduate School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He was born January 13, 1937, in San Pedro, CA. Ambassador Fields served in the U.S. Army, 1955 - 1957. He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC.

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