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President Donald Trump nominates Kelly C. Degnan of California to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, who currently serves as the Political Advisor to the Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe – United States Naval Forces Africa

Ms. Degnan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, previously was Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Mission to Italy, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.

During her 25-year career, she also served as Political Counselor at the US Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, Belgium, Senior Civilian Representative to Brigade Combat Team Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and Deputy Political Counselor at the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

She was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Department of State.

Ms. Degnan earned a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center. Ms. Degnan earned the Secretary of State’s Expeditionary Service Award, and she speaks Italian, French, Turkish and Urdu.