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A. Ellen Shippy
Ambassador to Malawi


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Biography

A. Ellen Shippy of Washington is the new U.S. Ambassador to Malawi.

Ambassador Shippy began her international work in 1966 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, and joined the Foreign Service in 1970. She has served overseas as Consular Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala (1970-l972), Principal Officer in the U.S. Consulate in Zanzibar (1977-l979), Political Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, (1979-1982), Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka (1986-1988), Deputy Principal Officer in the U.S> Consulate General in Karachi (1988-l991), and Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Kampala (1991-1994).

Ambassador Shippy has also served in Washington as Information Officer in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs (1972-1973), Assistant Political/Economic Officer in the Bureau of InterAmerican Affairs (1973-1975), Desk Officer for Kenya and Tanzania in the Bureau of African Affairs (1975-1976), Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center (1984-1985), Deputy Director of the Secretariat staff (1985-1986), and Director of the Office of Science, Technology and Health in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. She has also served in a Pearson Assignment in the Office of Inter-Governmental Affairs in the City Government of Seattle, Washington (1982-1984) where her primary responsibilities were international trade and tourism promotion.

Ambassador Shippy earned a B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico in 1966 and a J.D. degree from George Washington University in 1977. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili.

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