THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOYCE E. LEADER AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF GUINEA
The President announced today his intent to nominate Joyce E. Leader to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea.
Ms. Joyce Leader, of Washington, D.C., a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, is currently Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Marseille, France. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1982, she has served at embassies in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Rwanda, where she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the beginning of the 1994 massacres. In addition, she has worked on refugee and humanitarian affairs at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, and she was Deputy Director of the Office of West African Affairs prior to being assigned to Marseille. Before joining the foreign service Ms. Leader worked in education, journalism, and international relations.
Ms. Leader grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received her B.A. in Government from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She received her M.A. in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism and her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.