UNI alumna Nancy Powell named U.S. Ambassador to Nepal

July 1, 2007

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nancy J. Powell, a 1970 B.A. degree graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, has been named U.S. Ambassador to Nepal and will assume her post in August at the Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service Class of Career Minister, her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate June 28. She is tentatively set to be sworn in July 16, when her formal title will become Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Nepal.

A native of LeMars, Powell majored in history-teaching at UNI and taught in Dayton, Iowa for six and one-half years before joining the Department of State. She most recently served as the National Intelligence Officer for South Asia at the National Intelligence Council. Prior to this, she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State.

Earlier in her career, Powell served as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Ghana and Uganda.

She will replace James F. Moriarty, who departs in July after serving as U.S. Ambassador to Nepal for three years.