Career diplomat Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will lead efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity in the Foreign Office.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has appointed Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley as the State Department’s first chief diversity officer.
This position was created to make the US diplomatic corps more representative.
The appointment is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to increase attention to issues of diversity, equality, and racial justice after protests against police brutality and racial prejudice took place across the country last year.
Representing Abercrombie-Winstanley, Blinken said the State Department and the country are experiencing a “moment of reckoning” on racial equality issues, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement and attacks on Asian Americans.
Abercrombie-Winstanley, a career diplomat since 1985 who served as the US Ambassador to Malta, will report directly to Blinken, he said.
Promoting diversity and inclusivity is the job of every foreign policy official. Still, the person in the newly created position will hold State Department leadership accountable on this issue, Blinken said.