Christine A. Elder

Christine A. Elder is an American diplomat and serves as the United States Ambassador to Liberia.

Christine Elder
United States Ambassador to Liberia
Assumed office
June 20, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byMark Boulware (Acting)
Personal details
BornChicago, Illinois, U.S
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
George Washington University

Early life and education

Elder is a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, the daughter of Allen and Diane Elder.[1] She is a graduate of Glasgow High School and received a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. from The George Washington University.[2]


Elder's career has spanned both civil and foreign service. She served as a Trade Policy Assistant with the International Trade Administration at the United States Department of Commerce before joining the United States Department of State. Her early assignments included ones in Germany and Hungary. She served as Senior Watch Officer in the State Department's Operations Center from 2005 to 2006 and as Deputy Director for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2006 to 2007. Between 2007 and 2010 she held roles as Strategic Planning Officer in the Bureau of International Programs and Acting Deputy Coordinator for International Information Programs.

Elder served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from 2010 to 2013.[3]

When Elder was tapped by President Obama to become ambassador she was the Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs at the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, a position she had held since 2013.

Ambassador to Liberia

Elder was nominated by President Barack Obama on February 12, 2016 and was confirmed by the Senate May 17, 2016.[4][5] She was sworn in on June 20, 2016[6] and she presented her credentials to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on June 23, 2016.[7]


Elder is married to Paul Hughes, a former Foreign Service Officer, and has two step-children.[8]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mark Boulware
United States Ambassador to Liberia
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