THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HIS INTENTION TO NOMINATE VONYA B. MCCANN FOR THE RANK OF AMBASSADOR AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The President today announced his intention to nominate Vonya B. McCann of Maryland for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Communications and Information Policy for the Department of State.
In her capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. McCann identifies and frames key international communications and information policy issues; incorporates foreign policy considerations and the views of other Government agencies and the private sector into United States positions; and promotes these positions internationally. Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. McCann was a partner at the law firm Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin and Kahn. Her practice encompassed a wide variety of telecommunication matters with a clientele including a major independent local exchange telephone company, providers of long distance and international telephone services, manufacturers of telecommunications equipment, and investors in telecommunications entities.
Ms. McCann was born September 14, 1954, in Oakland, California. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976; a masters degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979; and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980. Ms. McCann and her husband, Richard W. Roberts, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with their son, Jordan, 3 and daughter, Jillian,7months.