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Picture of Robin Renee SandersBIOGRAPHY

Robin Renee Sanders
Ambassador, Republic of the Congo
Term of Appointment: 12/09/2002 to present

Robin Renee Sanders, a career member of the Foreign Service, most recently served as Director for Public Diplomacy for Africa for the State Department.  Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sanders served twice as the Director for Africa at the National Security Council at the White House (under former Presidents Bush 1988-1989, and Clinton 1997-1999), as the Special Assistant for Latin America, Africa, and International Crime for the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and as Chief of Staff and Senior Foreign Policy for Member of the House International Relations Committee.

 

Robin holds a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations and Africa Studies, a Masters of Science degree in Communications and Journalism from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hampton University.  She has received extensive professional training from the State Department’s School of Advanced Studies in political analysis, and African and Latin American studies.

 

Ms. Sanders has worked as a political affairs officer abroad for the Department of State for 13 years, most notably serving in Senegal, Namibia, Sudan, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic.  She has also been assigned to special missions to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  While abroad, Ms. Sanders worked extensively on issues ranging from democratization and governance to elections, development assistance, refugees and peacekeeping.  She also served as an election observer for Namibia’s first-ever, post-apartheid election, and provided expert analysis on elections in several African nations as well as Portugal and the Dominican Republic.  While in Sudan, Ms. Sanders served as the point person for analyzing the raging civil war in Southern Sudan as well as the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in that nation.  Ms. Sanders has also managed human rights and democracy projects and emergency food assistance programs in several African countries.  As Chief of Staff and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for a Member of Congress, Ms. Sanders covered issues ranging from Africa, Latin America, Cuba and Bosnia.  She also had responsibilities for key domestic issues such as crime, health care, and arms control.

 

Ms. Sanders is the recipient of three State Department Superior Honor Awards, three State Department Meritorious Honor Awards and several citations in Who’s Who of American Women.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  Ms. Sanders was born on Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.  She speaks French and some Portuguese and Spanish.   



Released on September 3, 2003

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