Genta H. Holmes - Career


During her career at the U.S. State Department, she was the first U.S. Ambassador to Namibia and later served as Ambassador to Australia. From 1992–1995 she was the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel at the State Department. During her career in the Foreign Service, other assignments included:

  • Working for Congress as an American Political Science Association Fellow (1977–1978). She was the first woman selected for this position.
  • Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (1979)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during a tense and violent period (1986–1988)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in South Africa at the time of the transition (1989–1990)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi 1984–1986
  • Other assignments:
    • Chief of the Economic/Commercial Section at the American Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas
    • U.S. Embassy in Paris
    • U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Ambassador Holmes speaks French, and holds both the Presidential and a Superior Honor Awards of the Department of State. She is married to Michael Dayton Holmes, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran.

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