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Liliana Ayalde (SFS) of Maryland is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Previously, she was deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Before that, she was senior assistant administrator for USAID's Latin American and Caribbean Bureau. She was ambassador to Paraguay and has also served in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Colombia. She is married and has two daughters.

Denise Campbell Bauer of California is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. Previously, she served on the Democratic National Committee. She was finance chair for Women for Obama and served on the Obama for America National Finance Committee. Before that, she was a public affairs officer for the American Red Cross Bay Area in San Francisco and a freelance film and video producer in Los Angeles. She is married and has two daughters.

John Berry of Maryland is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia. Previously, he was director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Before that, he held leadership positions at the National Zoo, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. He also held high-level jobs at the departments of Interior and Treasury, and was legislative director for U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer. He is married to his partner of 17 years, Curtis Yee.

Reuben E. Brigety is the new U.S. Representative to the African Union, with the rank of Ambassador. Previously, he was deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs. Before that, he was DAS in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. He was director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress and a special assistant in USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.

James Costos of California is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra. Previously, he was vice president of Global Licensing and Retail for Home Box Office. Before that, he was president and CEO of Eight Cylinders, Inc., an entertainment marketing and licensing agency. He served on the Humane Society's board of directors and supports cultural and humanitarian organizations. He lived in Los Angeles with his partner of 14 years, Michael Smith.

James F. Entwistle (SFS) of Virginia is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Previously, he was ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before that, he was deputy chief of mission in Bangkok and DCM in Colombo. Other postings include Yaounde, Douala, Niamey, Bangkok, Bangui and Kuala Lumpur, where he was counselor for Political Affairs.

Rufus Gifford of Massachusetts is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark. Previously, he was finance chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Before that, he was finance director for Obama for America and for the Democratic National Committee. He was a political consultant in California and creative executive for Davis Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles.

David D. Pearce of Virginia (SFS) is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic. Previously, he was senior deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before that, he was assistant chief of mission in Kabul and ambassador to Algeria. Other postings include Italy, Iraq (two excursion tours), Jerusalem, Syria, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Kuwait. He is married and has two children.

John R. Phillips of the District of Columbia is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino. His public interest law firm in Los Angeles focused on the environment, civil rights and corporate responsibility. Later, his Washington/San Francisco-based firm Phillips & Cohen recovered $11 billion for the U.S. Treasury under the Federal False Claim Act, which he helped modernize. He was chairman of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

James C. Swan (SFS) of California is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Previously, he was special representative for Somalia, and before that ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti. He was deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs. Earlier postings include Haiti, Nicaragua, Cameroon, Kenya, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Alexa Lange Wesner of Texas is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. After a successful career as a high-tech chief executive and entrepreneur, she turned to politics and community development as a fundraiser and entrepreneur on the national, regional and local levels. She served on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She qualified for the World Triathlon Championships in 2003. She is married and has three children.

Click links to watch video messages from featured ambassadors.

James Costos

U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra

Denise Campbell Bauer

U.S. Ambassador to Belgium

Click links to watch video messages from featured ambassadors.

John R. Phillips

U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino

Liliana Ayalde

U.S. Ambassador to Brazil

James F. Entwistle

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria

Rufus Gifford

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark

David D. Pearce

U.S. Ambassador to Greece

Alexa Lange Wesner

U.S. Ambassador to Austria

Reuben E. Brigety

U.S. Representative to the African Union

John Berry

U.S. Ambassador to Australia

James C. Swan

U.S. Ambassador to Congo
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