Christine Elder, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Liberia in June, 2016. She previously served as the Department of State’s Director for Southern African Affairs, with responsibility for U.S. relations with ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Mozambique, where she was the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission from 2010-2013.
Ambassador Elder’s other Washington assignments include positions in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and the Bureau of European Affairs, as well as the Secretary of State’s Operations Center, the Bureau of Economic Affairs, and the Bureau of International Information Programs. In addition to Mozambique and Liberia, she has served in U.S. Embassies in Bonn, Budapest, and Berlin.
Ambassador Elder is married to Paul Hughes and has two stepchildren. A native of Chicago and Kentucky, Ambassador Elder holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and The George Washington University.