The White House announced the nomination of Michael Arthur Raynor of Maryland, a career diplomat, to serve as the next Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ethiopia.His nomination was announced May 22, 2017, the Embassy of the United States in Addis Ababa said in a statement on Thursday.
Mr. Raynor, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1988.
He is currently the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources of the Department of State.
A former Ambassador and senior official at the State Department, Mr. Raynor is known for his Africa policy expertise leadership of interagency teams in high-threat environments.
He has served at eight United States Missions overseas, including six in Africa. Mr. Raynor earned a M.I.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Lafayette College. He speaks French and Italian.