Biden Says He’ll Nominate Greenfield
WASHINGTON – President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Monday he will nominate Linda Thomas Greenfield to be his ambassador to the United Nations.
Mrs. Greenfield served in the Obama administration as the top American diplomat overseeing African affairs.
Mr. Biden’s nomination of her could elevate a Black woman and career foreign service official to the high-profile position.
She would bring a markedly different tone and presence to the international body, which the Trump administration has derided and denigrated.
“My mother taught me to lead with the power of kindness and compassion to make the world a better place,” Mrs. Greenfield said after her nomination was announced.
“I’ve carried that lesson with me throughout my career in foreign service – and, if confirmed, will do the same as American ambassador to the United Nations.”
Those who know her hailed her nomination for the coveted post.
“She understands peacekeeping, she understands the UN, she understands the developing world,” said Wendy Sherman, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs in the Obama administration.
Tom Perriello, a former Democratic congressman and diplomat, said Mrs. Greenfield is “a diplomatic powerhouse respected around the world.”
Mr. Perriello said he’d witnessed her work to free human rights activists and hold kleptocrats accountable.