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Picture of Joseph Gerard SullivanBIOGRAPHY

Joseph Gerard Sullivan
Ambassador, Republic of Zimbabwe
Term of Appointment: 09/17/2001 to present

Mr. Joseph Sullivan was sworn in on September 17, 2001, as Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Sullivan served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Angola.

Mr. Sullivan is a Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service with 30 years of diplomatic service in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe.

Previously, he was Co-Chairman of the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group based in Nicosia from 1997-1998; Special Coordinator for Haiti at the Department of State from 1996-1997; and Principal Officer of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba from 1993-1996.

Mr. Sullivan was Diplomat in Residence at Georgetown University in 1993 and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs from 1989-1992.

He served as Political Counselor and Deputy Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel from 1984-1988; as Special Assistant to the Counselor of the Department of State from 1982-1983; and as International Relations Officer in the Policy Planning Office for Inter-American Affairs of the Department of State from 1980-1982.

He studied international relations in a mid-career year at Yale University from 1979-1980; served as Political Officer at the American Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal from 1975-1979; as Costa Rican Desk Officer of the Department of State from 1973-1975; and as Vice-Consul and Political Officer in the American Embassy in Mexico City from 1971-1973.

Prior to entering the Foreign Service in 1970, Mr. Sullivan was a Health Service Officer at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Public Health Service from 1967-1970.

He has an M.A. degree in Government from Georgetown University and a B.A. degree from Tufts University. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Hebrew.

Mr. Sullivan was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has two sons.


Released on December 5, 2001

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