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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 13, 1996


The President today announced the nomination of Arlene Render of Alexandria, Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia.

Ms. Render recently served as Director of Central African Affairs. Prior to that, she served as Ambassador to the Republic of Gambia from 1990 to 1993. She was Deputy Chief of Mission in Accra, Ghana from 1986 to 1989. Ms. Render joined the Foreign Service in 1970 and became Vice Consul in Cote d' Ivoire the following year. She was Vice Consul in Tehran from 1973 to 1976. After a tour as Consul in Genoa, from 1976 to 1978, she was assigned to the Bureau of Intelligence and Research as a political officer in 1978. Next, she was an International Relations Officer in the Bureau of African Affairs from 1979 to 1981. She was named Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazzaville in 1981. She served as Consul General in Kingston and the Cayman Islands from 1984 to 1986.

She has received several State Department awards, including the Senior Performance Award, several Superior Honor Awards and several Meritorious Honor Awards.

Ms. Render was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 16, 1943. She received a bachelor's degree from West Virginia State University in 1965 and a master's from the University of Michigan in 1967. She speaks French and Italian. Before joining the Foreign Service, she served as a health educator for the City of Cleveland.