Ambassador Marcia S. Bernicat Sworn in as Director-General of the Foreign Service


Office of the Spokesperson

Ambassador Marcia S. Bernicat was sworn in today as Director-General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent. A career member of the Foreign Service for 41 years, she was Acting Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) until September 30, 2021. Also, from January-August 2021, she served concurrently as Senior Official for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. From 2019-2020, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for OES. She has also served as Ambassador to Bangladesh and to Senegal and Guinea Bissau, Deputy Chief of Mission in Barbados and Malawi, and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources, among many other positions with the Department.


Director-General Bernicat is a graduate of Lafayette College and Georgetown University.


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