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Mark Childress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania

Mark Childress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania (Photo: U.S. Department of State)

Mark Childress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania

Ambassador Mark Childress presented his credentials as United States Ambassador to Tanzania to President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on May 22, 2014.  Ambassador Childress has served in a variety of policy, legal, and technical positions throughout his professional career.  From serving two terms in the White House, including as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Obama White House and Senior Counsel to President Clinton, to senior legal positions with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Justice, Ambassador Childress has a distinguished record of public service.  In addition to his work in the Executive Branch, Ambassador Childress held multiple positions with the U.S. Congress, including for Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, where he focused on health care, and as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senate Majority/Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Ambassador Childress also worked with Non Profit Organizations, such as the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research organization; and he conducted Rotary Foundation-funded agricultural research in several villages in Southeastern Nigeria.  His private sector work, particularly as the Principal Legal Officer for the Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation, an Aboriginal Corporation in Australia, provided him the opportunity to support indigenous populations by representing their interests in commercial negotiations with Australian and multinational corporations seeking access to Aboriginal lands.  He also worked as a partner in the Washington-based law firm Foley Hoag.

Ambassador Childress graduated from Yale University in 1981 and from University of North Carolina Law School in 1986.  He took post-graduate courses in Agricultural Law and served as a teaching assistant at the University of Arkansas Law School in 1987-1988.

He is accompanied by his wife, Kate Childress, who is a Managing Director at JP Morgan.