THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DONNA JEAN HRINAK AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO VENEZUELA The President announced today his intent to nominate Donna Jean
Hrinak to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Venezuela.
Ambassador Donna Jean Hrinak, of Fairfax, Virginia, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. She entered the Foreign Service in 1974, and has served in the U.S. Embassies in Mexico City (1974-1976); Warsaw (1977-1979); Bogota (1979-1981); Caracas (1987-1989) and Tegucigalpa (1989-1991.) She also served as Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1984-1987). In Washington, Ambassador Hrinak has worked in the State Department's Office of Central American Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (1991-1994). From 1994-1997, she served as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and since January 1998, has served as Ambassador to Bolivia.
Ambassador Hrinak was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. from Michigan State University and also attended the George Washington University and the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Her languages are Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish.