Jackson Robert Porter - Republic of Ghana - August 2015


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Ghana

CANDIDATE: Robert Porter Jackson


Robert Porter Jackson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves in the Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Jackson is well-known as a strong leader and mentor who fosters both high morale and productivity in the offices he serves. As a former Ambassador to Cameroon and Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy, he holds significant management and policy expertise that will serve him well as Ambassador to Ghana.

Previously, Mr. Jackson served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon (2010-2013) and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires , a.i., at both U.S. Embassy Rabat, Morocco (2007-2010), and U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal (2004-2007). Prior to that, he served in the Department as Director, Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy (2002-2004), Political and Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (1998-2001), and Political-Military Officer, U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal (1997-1998). He also was Deputy Director, Orientation Division, Foreign Service Institute, Virginia (1995-1997), Country Officer for Zimbabwe and Botswana, Bureau of African Affairs, Washington, D.C. (1993-1995), and Chief, Political Section, U.S. Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe (1989-1993). His early assignments in the Department included serving as Country Officer for Nigeria, Bureau of African Affairs, Political and Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi, and Vice Consul and Economic Officer, U.S. Consulate General Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Mr. Jackson earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1978, a M.A. from George Washington University in 1996, and a M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2002. He has won numerous Department performance awards and was DCM of the Year in 2006. His languages are French and Portuguese.