THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JIMMY J. KOLKER AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO BURKINA FASO The President announced today his intent to nominate Jimmy J.
Kolker to be U.S. Ambassador to the West African Republic of Burkina Faso.
Mr. Jimmy Kolker of St. Louis, Missouri, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. He has served in a variety of political reporting and management jobs during his 22 years in the Foreign Service. Mr. Kolker has been Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark since l996. Prior overseas assignments have been at American Embassies in Gaborone, Botswana; London, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Harare, Zimbabwe, and Maputo, Mozambique. His Washington tours were in the State Department Africa Bureau and as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Kolker served four years on the Senate staff of Senator James Abourezk (D-SD).
Mr. Kolker holds a B.A. from Carleton College (Minnesota) and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is a graduate of the State Department Senior Seminar. His foreign languages are Swedish, Danish, French and Portuguese. Mr. Kolker is married to Britt-Marie Forslund. They have two daughters, Anne and Eva.