David H. Shinn
Ambassador to Ethiopia

David H. Shinn has served as Ambassador to Ethiopia since July 1996. Previously he was Director of the Office of East African Affairs in Washington. Ambassador Shinn has also served as U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso from 1987 to 1990.

Ambassador Shinn has held numerous appointments in Africa including Deputy Chief of Mission in Khartoum, Yaounde, and Nouakchott. He also served as Political Officer in Nairobi and Dar es Selaam, and as Vice-Consul in Beirut, Lebanon.

In Washington, Ambassador Shinn served as the Deputy Director of the Somali Task Force and Coordinator for Somalia in 1992 and 1993. He was also a member of the State 2000 Task Force for reorganizing the State Department, and desk officer for several East African countries including Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti.

Ambassador Shinn was detailed to the Office of the Mayor in Seattle, Washington, and followed that position as the Department of State's Deputy Coordinator with State and Local Government from 1978 to 1981.

Mr. Shinn was born in Yakima, Washington in 1940. Educated at Yakima Valley Community College and George Washington University, Ambassador Shinn received his B.A. in 1962, M.A. in 1963, and Ph.D. in 1980. He also received a Certificate in African Studies from Northwestern University and was diplomat-in-residence at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Ambassador Shinn has won numerous Department of State awards and was honored in 1994 as National Alumnus of the Year by the American Association of Community Colleges. In 1995, he was selected as the National Alumnus of the Year by the Community College scholastic honorary society.

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