WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following leaders to serve as key leaders in his administration:
- Reuben Brigety, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa
- MaryKay Carlson, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Philippines
- Elizabeth Shortino, candidate for Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund for the United States
Reuben Brigety, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa
Reuben Brigety is currently Deputy Senior Fellow for Peace and Security in Africa at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Advisors at McLarty Associates in Washington, DC. Brigety previously served as vice-chancellor and president of the university. of the South and the mayor of Sewanee, Tennessee. During the Obama-Biden administration, Brigety held several positions in the State Department, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, United States Ambassador to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Economic Commission. for Africa. Earlier in his career, Brigety was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, the largest international business school in the United States. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Brigety earned a BS from the US Naval Academy, an M.Phil in International Affairs and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Cambridge in England. He is the author of numerous publications and speaks Spanish, French and Amharic.
MaryKay Carlson, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Philippines
MaryKay Loss Carlson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counsellor, is currently Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Previously, she worked as Deputy Head of Mission in New Delhi, India for three years, including ten months as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. Prior to that, she served as a Principal Assistant Executive Secretary on the Secretary of State’s staff in Washington, D.C. A Foreign Service Officer since 1985, she has also served in U.S. diplomatic missions in China (twice), Ukraine , Hong Kong, Mozambique, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Her domestic assignments include Director of Staff for the Secretary’s Executive Secretariat and Deputy Director for Korean Affairs. Carlson has received numerous performance awards, including six Superior Honor Awards.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and master’s degrees from Georgetown University and the National War College. She speaks Spanish and Chinese.
Elizabeth Shortino, candidate for Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund for the United States
Elizabeth Shortino has over 17 years of public service experience and has held positions in the Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department, and the Office of the US Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund. While at the Treasury, Shortino served as director of the Middle East and North Africa desk and director of the international monetary policy desk. As of February 2021, Shortino has served as Acting Executive Director of the United States at the International Monetary Fund.
Shortino holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies with a specialization in quantitative methods and economic theory. Prior to joining government, Shortino worked as a management consultant for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, LLC. Shortino lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and three children.