African American History Month 2015: Gina K. Abercrombie-Winstanley
Ambassador to Malta
U.S. Embassy Valletta
Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and was assigned as Consul in Baghdad, and political officer in Jakarta, Cairo and Tel Aviv. She then served as Special Assistant for Middle Eastern and African Affairs to Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.
Her Washington assignments include Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and Director of the Office of Egypt and the Levant where she handled the countries of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan. She also served as Chairwoman for Middle East Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, Policy Advisor to the Director of the Near East–South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the Department of Defense; Senior Advisor for Middle Eastern Affairs at USUN; Director for Near East South Asian Affairs with responsibility for the Arabian Peninsula at the National Security Council of the White House; and Director for Legislative Affairs, also at the NSC. As Consul General in Jeddah, she was the first woman to head a diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia.
Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley was a Pearson Fellow for then-Senator Joseph Biden and received Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, including "For acts of courage during an attack on the U.S. Consulate General, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 6, 2004 by al-Qa'ida terrorists."
Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley has degrees from George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.