THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES A. ELIZABETH JONES AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY
The President announced today his intent to nominate A. Elizabeth Jones to be U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.
Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones, of Bethesda, Maryland, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister. She took over as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in October 1998, after having been Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan from October 1995 to October 1998. Ambassador Jones served in the Department of State as Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, 1993-1994. In other Washington assignments, she was Deputy Director for Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq (1982-1984), Lebanon Desk Officer (1981-1983), and Public Affairs Officer in the Near East and South Asia Bureau (1972-1973).
Ambassador Jones attended local high schools in Moscow, USSR and West Berlin, Germany while her parents were on diplomatic assignments there. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1970 with a BA in history and earned a Master's degree in International Relations from Boston University's overseas program in Berlin in 1986. Ms. Jones speaks Russian, German and Arabic.