U.S. Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Namibia
Thomas F. Daughton was sworn in on October 6, 2014, as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia. He was nominated to that position by President Obama on July 31, 2013, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 17, 2014.
Ambassador Daughton is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service who, during his 26 years as a diplomat, has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American embassies in Gabon, Algeria and Lebanon. Those postings provided him a depth of experience in many aspects of bilateral diplomatic relations, including in the areas of economic and development assistance, political reform, energy development and policy, education and youth exchanges, human rights, counter-terrorism, and peacekeeping.
Most recently, Ambassador Daughton served at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., as the Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. In that position he negotiated a variety of international agreements for the United States with partner nations around the world.
Ambassador Daughton has also served in a diverse array of other overseas postings including Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Thessaloniki, Greece; Rabat, Morocco; and Kingston, Jamaica. In Washington earlier in his career, he served as a staff assistant in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and as the country desk officer for the Philippines. His foreign languages include French and Greek.
Ambassador Daughton is the recipient of the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs and of numerous Superior Honor, Meritorious Honor and Senior Performance awards, as well as of the American Foreign Service Association’s Averell Harriman and Matilda Sinclair awards.
Ambassador Daughton grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He is married to Melinda Burrell, a democracy and peacebuilding specialist. Ambassador Daughton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in New York as an associate in the leveraged capital division of the law firm Sidley & Austin.