President Biden announced his intention to appoint four people as ambassadors
WASHINGTON – Today President Joe Biden announced his intention to appoint the following four people as U.S. ambassadors:
- Denise Campbell Bauer, candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco
- Peter D. Haas, candidate for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
- Eric M. Garcetti, Candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of India
- Bernadette M. Meehan, candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chile
Denise Campbell Bauer, candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco
Denise Campbell Bauer is a seasoned diplomat, non-profit executive, and advocate for women’s voices in politics and politics. From August 2013 to January 2017 she was the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, where she led one of the largest embassies in Europe and earned a reputation for her collaborative leadership style, high ethical standards and crisis management skills. In this role, she focused on building transatlantic security partnerships and expanding international trade.
Bauer began her career in Los Angeles, where she worked as a journalist for two internationally renowned television stations. She then held managerial positions for a number of non-profit organizations.
In 2019, Bauer became Executive Director of Women for Biden, a nationwide network of women that organized and mobilized the election of President Biden. In 2012, she held a similar role in the Obama-Biden presidential campaign while also heading the Women’s Leadership Forum for the Democratic National Committee. After her return from Brussels in 2017, she got involved in politics again and focused on supporting women who are running for office for the first time.
Bauer received a BA in Political Science from Occidental College. She speaks French.
Peter D. Haas, candidate for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Peter D. Haas, a Senior Foreign Service Career Member, Minister-Counselor Class, currently serves as Acting Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy Deputy Secretary of State for Economy and Business for the Department of Foreign Affairs. Haas was previously Senior Advisor / Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations at the Department of State and prior to that, Deputy Permanent Representative to the US Mission to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France. Over the course of his career, he has held positions in five geographic offices of the State Department, including the Consul General of the US Consulate General in Mumbai, India.
Haas holds a BA in International Studies and German from Illinois Wesleyan University. He attended the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar, where he received an MSc (Econ) in both global economics and comparative government. He has received the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence and the Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement by Senior Officers. His foreign languages are French and German.
Eric M. Garcetti, Candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of India
Eric M. Garcetti has been Mayor of Los Angeles since 2013 after serving on the City Council for 12 years, including six years as Council President. As mayor, Garcetti heads the busiest container port in the western hemisphere, the largest public utility in the country and one of the busiest airports in the world. He led LA’s successful bid to bring the Summer Olympics back to American soil for the first time in three decades. He is currently chairman of LA Metro, the country’s second largest transit agency, which is building or expanding 15 new transit lines and converting them to a fully electric fleet.
Garcetti co-founded Climate Mayors and led more than 400 US mayors to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement. He is the current chairman of C40 Cities – a network of 97 of the world’s largest cities taking bold climate action, and has the organization’s commitment and expansion in India, as well as C40’s global response to the COVID pandemic through sharing Best practices and resources guided.
For 12 years as an intelligence officer in the US Navy’s reserve component, Garcetti served under the command of the US Pacific Fleet and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and retired as a lieutenant in 2017. As a Rhodes Scholar, he studied at Queen’s College, Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Garcetti was elected the Asia Society’s first Asia 21 Fellow and has taught in the Department of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College and the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He has lived in Southeast Asia and Northeast Africa doing field research on nationalism, ethnicity, and human rights. He is the founding chairman of the Latino Alliance of Mayors at the US Conference of Mayors, serves on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and is fluent in Spanish. Garcetti earned a BA and MA from Columbia University, where he was the John Jay Scholar.
Bernadette M. Meehan, candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chile
Bernadette Meehan is currently Executive Vice President of Global Programs for the Obama Foundation, where she previously served as Chief International Officer and Executive Director of International Programs. Prior to joining the Obama Foundation, Ms. Meehan served as a field service officer for over a decade. During her time at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she served in several positions on the National Security Council, including Senior Advisor, Special Assistant to the President and Spokesman for the National Security Council, and previously as Director of Strategic Communications. Among her other duties, Ms. Meehan served as special assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University; Special Assistant in the Executive Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; both consular officer and special assistant to the Ambassador to the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; and consular officer at the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
Ms. Meehan received her BA from Boston College. Her civic leadership includes serving on the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and on the Advisory Board of Hostage US. She speaks Spanish and Arabic.