Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador to the United Nations

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Ambassador to the United Nations

Linda Thomas-Greenfield was born in November  1952 in Baker, Louisiana. She earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught political science at Bucknell University before joining the Foreign Service. 

She has held a number of posts at the State Department including as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador to Liberia, and Director General of the Foreign Service. In addition, she has held foreign postings in Switzerland at the U.S. Mission to the UN, Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. During President Obama’s administration, she was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.   

President Joe Biden nominated her to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, including her in his cabinet and National Security Council. She was confirmed by the Senate and assumed office in February 2021. 

She is married to Lafayette Greenfield, and they have two children. 

In the News…

Sanctions have been imposed by President Biden’s administration on North Korean and Russian individuals and entities for supporting North Korea’s ballistic missile program. 

Now, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated that the United States was proposing sanctions by the United Nations over North Korea’s “six ballistic missile launches since September… each of which were in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.” 

Such an action must be agreed to by a consensus of the Security Council’s 15-member North Korea sanctions committee, which includes Russia and China. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield 
United States Mission to the United Nations 
799 United Nations Plaza 
New York, NY 10017 


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