President George W. Bush to nominate Donald Yamamoto as Ambassador to Ethiopia.
|The President [George W. Bush] intends to nominate Donald Y. Yamamoto, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Ambassador Yamamoto, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Djibouti.|
Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of East African Affairs. Ambassador Yamamoto received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University.
Source: The White House
Source: State Department
Donald Yamamoto currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti from 2000 to 2003. Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Director for East African Affairs from 1998 to 2000.
Ambassador Yamamoto entered the Foreign Service in 1980. Former assignments include U.S. Embassy Beijing as Ambassador’s staff aide and Human Rights Officer during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989; Japan as Principal Officer of the Fukuoka Consulate; and Eritrea as ChargÃ© d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Asmara in the Horn of Africa. He attended the National War College in 1996 for senior training and received a Congressional Fellowship in 1991.
Ambassador Yamamoto is a graduate of Columbia College and did graduate studies at Columbia University, receiving a Masters degree in International Affairs. He has studied Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and French. During his Foreign Service career, he has received four individual Superior Honor awards and two group awards.