Category: News, Speaking of Diplomacy

Title: Kamala Harris Taps Ex-Diplomat to Be Her National Security Advisor

Author: Robbie Gramer
Date Published: December 4, 2020

Nancy McEldowney is one of several former senior foreign service officers expected to join the senior ranks of the new U.S. administration.

U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has tapped a former senior foreign service officer to serve as her national security advisor, the latest diplomat to join the incoming administration as President-elect Joe Biden and Harris build out their national security team.

Her pick for the job, Nancy McEldowney, served in the foreign service for over 30 years, including posts as U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, director of the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, and chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission in Turkey and Azerbaijan.

McEldowney is one of several former career diplomats expected to join the senior ranks of the Biden administration, signaling a stark shift in staffing from the Trump White House, where the president viewed career diplomats with a mix of suspicion and disdain, particularly after the impeachment trial that put his handling of foreign policy and State Department officials in the crosshairs. Biden picked Linda Thomas-Greenfield, another former senior foreign service officer, as his choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. [Read more]

[Read ISD’s statement on Ambassador McEldowney’s appointment]