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Former Ambasador Wanda L. Nesbitt


The United States' Former Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire Ambassador WANDA L. NESBITT 

Ms. Nesbitt was sworn-in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire on September 25, 2007 by Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.   Prior to becoming Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Consular Affairs which is responsible for providing services to American citizens living and traveling abroad, adjudicating U.S. passport applications, and applications by foreign nationals to visit or reside in the United States. In her capacity as PDAS, Ms. Nesbitt was responsible for the overall management of the bureau and had direct oversight of the Consular Systems, Fraud Prevention Programs and Policy Coordination Divisions.

Ambassador Nesbitt served as Director of the Senior Level Assignments Division within the Bureau of Human Resources from 2004-2005.  The Senior Level division coordinates assignments for the Department's most senior career officers and acts as the Executive Secretariat for the Chief of Mission and Deputy Chief of Mission/Principal officer selection committees. 

 From January 2002 until August 2004, Ms. Nesbitt was the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar where she played a key role in helping to resolve Madagascar's 2002 political crisis and promote environmental preservation.  In prior years, Ms. Nesbitt was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1999-2001) and in Kigali, Rwanda. (1997-1999).

Ms. Nesbitt joined the Foreign Service in 1981 and has served in many different capacities.   She was a Consular officer in Port-au-Prince (1982-83), Paris (1983-85), and Kinshasa (1990-92).  Her Washington, D.C.,   assignments included stints in the CA’s Citizens Emergency Center (1992-93); the Department's Executive Secretariat Staff (`1989-91 and 1994-95), and the Bureau of Legislative Affairs (1994-96).

Ms. Nesbitt is the recipient of numerous Superior Honor Awards. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds B.A.s in International Relations and French; she earned a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 1997. 

  Ms. Nesbitt was born December 7, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the third of five children.  She is married to Mr. James Stejskal.  They enjoy walking, gardening, cooking, photography, and music.