Stephanie S. Sullivan was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 13, 2013, and confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2013, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo. She was sworn in on August 12, 2013.
Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 24, Ambassador Sullivan said that the Republic the Congo “offers many opportunities for positive United States engagement.” Ambassador Sullivan is committed to “strengthening democratic institutions, promoting economic development, and improving regional security, while enhancing the relationship between our two nations and peoples.”
Prior to her nomination, Ambassador Sullivan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, from 2011-2013. She was previously Managing Director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation. She has served multiple tours in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center, as Director (2008-2010), Deputy Director (2003 –2005), Senior Watch Officer (2002 –2003), and Watch Officer (1988-89), and in the White House Situation Room (1989-90).
Ms. Sullivan served as the Political Chief at the U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (1997 to 2001) and as a management, consular and political officer in Douala and Yaoundé, Cameroon (1986-1988). Other Washington assignments include desk officer for Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso in the Bureau of African Affairs (1991-93) as well as post management and human resources positions. Ms. Sullivan was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1980-1983) and later worked as Chief of Operations for the Africa Region at Peace Corps (1994-96).
Ambassador Sullivan is from New York State. She and her husband have two sons.