David H. Shinn, page 2PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEAmbassador to Ethiopia,
1996 - 1999: Directed an embassy of 75 American staff and 400Ethiopians representing six U.S. government agencies. Initiated a public campaign againstHIV/AIDS, enlisting the support of Ethiopia's President and the head of the Ethiopian OrthodoxChurch.
Director for East African Affairs,
U.S. Department of State, 1993 - 1996: Developed andimplemented American policy for 12 countries in East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the IndianOcean. Influenced a new policy focus and use of USAID funds for the Greater Horn of Africa whichemphasized conflict prevention and food security.
State Department Deputy Task Force Director and then Coordinator for Somalia,
1992 -1993:Coordinated State Department policy towards Somalia during the U.S. and United Nationsintervention in liaison with the National Security Council, Department of Defense, CentralIntelligence Agency, U.S. Congress and the United Nations. Directed an interagency team during avisit to war torn Somalia and recommended extensive policy changes in an effort to salvage theUnited Nations peacekeeping operation. Received a State Department Superior Honor Award.
Management Task Force Member,
1992: Made recommendations for reorganizing the Departmentof State that were adopted at the beginning of the Clinton Administration.
Ambassador to Burkina Faso,
1987 - 1990: Led an embassy of 30 Americans and 250 Burkinaberepresenting four U.S. government agencies. Created and implemented a public diplomacy campaignthroughout the country to explain to ordinary citizens American policy and programs.
Deputy Chief of Mission,
U.S. Embassy Khartoum, Sudan, 1983 - 1986: As the number two officer and chief of staff, supervised a large mission during a severe local famine, a terrorist attack, andthree changes of government. Managed two efficient and casualty free evacuations of American staff during a period of high tension. Received a State Department Superior Honor Award.
Deputy Chief of Mission,
U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Cameroun, 1981 - 1983: While in Yaounde,served twice as temporary Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy in neighboring Ndjamena, Chad, andorganized its reopening following a violent overthrow of the Chadian government.
Deputy and then Acting Coordinator,
State Department Office for Liaison with State and LocalGovernments, 1978 - 1981: Established an office for working with governors, mayors and statelegislators and managed a program for assigning Foreign Service officers to state and localgovernment. Received a State Department Superior Honor Award.
Aide to Mayor of Seattle,
1976 - 1978: Detailed to the Mayor's Office of Policy Planning. Prepareda major study on local government reorganization. Represented the Mayor on the Seattle-TacomaAirport Authority and assisted with sewage treatment planning.