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Press Release - President Biden Announces 2 Diplomatic Nominees

February 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve as key diplomats in his administration:

  • Philip S. Goldberg, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea
  • Carrin F. Patman, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Iceland

Philip S. Goldberg, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea

Philip Goldberg is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Ambassador, and currently is the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia. Over his career, Goldberg has served as Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba; Ambassador to the Philippines; Ambassador to Bolivia; and Chief of Mission of the U.S. Office in Pristina, Kosovo. Other assignments include serving as the Senior State Department Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research), and as the State Department's Coordinator for the Implementation of United Nations Resolution 1874 on North Korea Sanctions. Goldberg also was the Chargé d'Affaires a.i. and Deputy Chief of Mission in Santiago, Chile; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs; and Plan Colombia Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. Among his earlier positions, he served as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Secretary of State and as Political-Economic Officer in South Africa. Goldberg earned a B.S. degree from Boston University. He achieved the rank of Career Ambassador in 2018 and is the recipient of a Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, two Presidential Meritorious Rank Awards, and the National Intelligence Silver Seal Medallion.

Carrin F. Patman, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Iceland

Carrin Patman is the chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, an organization with a 1.3 billion budget, 4,100 employees, and 1,300-square-mile service area containing 3.9 million people. Prior to taking on her present role, Patman was a partner of Bracewell LLP, where she worked as a trial lawyer for three decades handling major litigation involving commercial disputes, securities matters, antitrust and competition issues, and regulatory compliance. She has a distinguished record of civic engagement, including current or past service as a member of the Houston Chapter of the International Women's Forum, and on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston-Galveston Area Transportation Policy Council. Patman's earlier commitments to public service include her role as a Founding Board Member of The Center for Women in Law, and as Executive Committee Member of Girls, Inc. of Greater Houston and Sheltering Arms Senior Services. Patman earned her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She has received multiple awards and was the first woman to receive the Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, given by the Anti?Defamation League Southwest Region

Joseph R. Biden, Press Release - President Biden Announces 2 Diplomatic Nominees Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/354476

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