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…

Over a period of 12 days, North Korea has launched six ballistic missiles, including one over Japan.   

The U.S. and several allies called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting following Pyongyang’s conduct. The U.S. called the missile test over Japan “dangerous and reckless” and a “clear violation” of Security Council resolutions. China and Russia, permanent members of the Security Council, opposed calling the meeting, which ended with no solution. 

Chinese and Russian officials stated at the meeting that Washington has provoked the launches with military exercises. 

U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that “the two Council members that are blocking us from taking action are enabling North Korea.” 

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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