U.S President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Sharon L. Cromer as the new ambassador to represent the United States in The Gambia. The nomination of Ambassador Cromer is one of nine designations, including four career members of the Senior Foreign Service – as ambassadors to represent the United States on the world stage.
If confirmed by the U.S Senate, Sharon L. Cromer will replace a good friend of The Gambia, Richard “Carl” Paschall, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of The Gambia.
Ambassador Paschall was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on August 16, 2018, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019.
Who is Sharon L. Cromer?
Sharon L. Cromer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister. She currently serves as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy, Accra, Ghana.
Previously she was the USAID Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and she has also been USAID Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.
In addition, Cromer also had an earlier assignment in Accra as Mission Director.
In Washington, Cromer served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau of USAID and also as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the USAID Management Bureau.
Among her other assignments, Cromer was first a Supervisory Contracting Officer and then the USAID Deputy Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia.
Early in her career, Cromer served as a Contracting Officer in Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Pakistan. Cromer earned her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School.