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The President today announced his intention to nominate Katherine Shirley, of Illinois, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Senegal. She would succeed George Edward Moose.
Since 1989 Ms. Shirley has served as Associate Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism at the Department of State. Prior to this she served as consul general at the U.S. consulate general in Palermo, Italy, 1986 - 1989; and visiting fellow at the Center for Foreign Policy Development at Brown University in Providence, RI, 1983 - 1984. In addition, Ms. Shirley served with the Department of State as Director of the Secretariat Staff, 1981 - 1983, and as a management analyst for Management Operations, 1980 - 1981. She served as political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, 1977 - 1980. Ms. Shirley also served as a desk officer for Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg for the Bureau of European Affairs at the Department of State, 1974 - 1977. Ms. Shirley was a staff assistant for the Bureau of European Affairs at the Department of State, 1972 - 1974; as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, 1971 - 1972; an analyst for United Kingdom affairs for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State, 1968 - 1970; and vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, 1966 - 1968.
Ms. Shirley graduated from Wellesley College (B.A., 1964) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (M.A., 1965). She was born August 18, 1942, in Chicago, IL. Ms. Shirley is married and resides in McLean, VA.