BiographyTimberlake Foster is the new U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania.
He entered the Foreign Service in 1975 as Vice Consul in Osaka-Kobe, Japan. After a posting to Martinique, he returned to Japan as Labor and Political officer in Tokyo in 1980. He held a similar assignment in Athens before becoming a Political-Military officer in the Office of Japan Affairs in 1986.
After serving as Deputy Director for Japanese Affairs, Ambassador Foster was assigned to Casablanca as Consul General and Principal Officer in 1989. He directed the Office of Philippines Affairs before attending the Senior Seminar from 1993 to 1994. In 1994, Ambassador Foster traveled to Nairobi where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission.
Ambassador Foster was born in Florence, South Carolina. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree from Berkeley. He speaks four foreign languages: French, Greek, Japanese, and Korean. He holds Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
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