Nomination of Mary A.
Ryan To Be United States Ambassador to Swaziland
April 21, 1988
President today announced his intention to nominate Mary A. Ryan, a career
member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as
Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland. She would succeed
Harvey F. Nelson, Jr.
Ryan entered the Foreign Service of the United States in 1966 and was first
assigned as a consular and administrative officer in Naples, Italy, 1966 - 1969. She was
assigned as personnel officer at the American Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1970 - 1971, and
subsequently served as a consular officer at the American consulate general in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1973 she returned
to Washington and was assigned as
administrative officer in the Bureau of African Affairs from 1973 to 1975, and
as a post management officer in the Bureau of African Affairs, 1975 - 1977.
From 1977 to 1980, she was a career development officer in the Bureau of
Personnel. In 1980 Ms. Ryan received French language training, followed by
assignments as administrative counselor in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 1980 - 1981, and Khartoum, Sudan, 1981 - 1982. From 1982
to 1983, she served as an inspector in the Office of the Inspector General in
the Department of State, and Executive Director of the Bureau of European and
Canadian Affairs, 1983 - 1985. Since 1985 Ms. Ryan has been the Executive
Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management.
Ryan graduated from St. John's University (B.A., 1963; M.A.,
1965). She was born October 1, 1940, in New York, NY, and currently resides
in Washington, DC.