THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES DAVID RAWSON TO BE AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF MALI
The President today announced his intention to nominate David P. Rawson of Michigan, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service as Ambassador to the Republic of Mali.
Prior to becoming United States Ambassador to Rwanda, Ambassador Rawson participated in an executive exchange program with Mobil Oil Corporation, was a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Service Institute and served as the Director of West African Affairs in the Department of State. Prior to that, Ambassador Rawson was successively Deputy Chief of the U.S. Missions in Mogadishu, Somalia and in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Earlier in his career, he served at the American embassies in Rwanda, Mali and Senegal.
Born in Addison, Michigan, David Rawson studied at Malone College in Canton, Ohio and earned his Ph.D. at American University. He returned to teach at Malone from 1965-1971. Under the auspices of the Department of State, Ambassador Rawson worked from 1981-1983 on export promotion and industrial development in northeast Ohio. From 1988-1989, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Ambassador Rawson is fluent in French, Kirundi and Swahili. He and his wife Sandra have a son, Jon and a daughter, Christina.