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Public Papers - 1990

Nomination of Genta Hawkins Holmes To Be United States Ambassador to Namibia


The President today announced his intention to nominate Genta Hawkins Holmes to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Namibia. This is a new position.

Since 1988 Mrs. Holmes has served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1986 - 1988; Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, 1984 - 1986; member of the Board of Examiners, 1983 - 1984; member of the 25th Executive Seminar in National and International Affairs, 1982 - 1983; and Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs at the Agency for International Development, 1979 - 1982. In addition, Mrs. Holmes has served in the Bureau of Congressional Relations at the Department of State, 1978 - 1979; in the congressional fellowship at the American Political Science Association, 1977 - 1978; as chief of the economic and commercial section for the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas, 1974 - 1977; in the Office of Development Finance for the Economic Bureau at the Department of State, 1973 - 1974; in the Office of Economic Opportunity at the New York Regional Office, 1972 - 1973; as special assistant to the Ambassador and youth officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, 1968 - 1971; and in the Office of Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Refugee Affairs, 1966 - 1968.

Mrs. Holmes graduated from the University of Southern California (B.A., 1962). She was born September 3, 1940, in Anadarko, OK. Mrs. Holmes is married and resides in Washington, DC.

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