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James V. Ledesma
Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe

On October 21, 1998, the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of James V. Ledesma as Ambassador to the Republic of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.

Mr. Ledesma joined the Department in 1972 and served in the Consular and Economic/Commercial Section in Beirut and Algiers from 1973 to 1977. Following the Economic Officer Training Course, he worked in the Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs from 1978 to 1980; first in the Office of Food Policy, and then as a Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary. In 1980, he was assigned as Deputy U.S. Delegate to the Coordinating Committee of the OECD in Paris where he remained for 4 years before assuming the position of Economic/Commercial Officer at the embassy in Reykjavik in 1984. Following Reykjavik, he returned to Washington where he served as Career Development Officer for economic officers and as Deputy Director of the Office of East African Affairs. In 1992, Mr. Ledesma served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Ghana, and in August 1995 was Deputy Chief of Mission in Senegal.

Mr. Ledesma was born in Ventura, California in 1941. He received his B.A. and M.A. in History and Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1989, he pursued additional graduate studies in public administration and finance at George Washington University.

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