Margaret McMillion was sworn-in as the United States Ambassador to Rwanda on November 26, 2001.
Most recently, Ambassador McMillion was the director of the Office for Analysis of Africa in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research from August 1999 to October 2001. Previously, she was Deputy Chief of Mission in Vientiane, Laos.
Ambassador McMillion has spent her career working on African and Asian affairs. She served as political/consular officer in Kigali, Rwanda from 1975 to 1977, as desk officer for Chad, Niger, and Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) from 1979 to 1981, and political officer in Pretoria, South Africa from 1982 to 1985. In Asia, she was consular officer in Taipei, Taiwan from 1977 to 1979, consul in Udorn, Thailand from 1986 to 1989, and political counselor in Bangkok from 1992 to 1995.
From 1990 to 1991, she was assistant country director in the Office of Korean Affairs. The following year, she was special assistant for East Asia in the office of the Undersecretary for Political Affairs.
Ambassador McMillion has received the Department of State’s Superior Honor award three times. She also was a runner up for the Director General’s award for reporting and analysis in 1989.
Ambassador McMillion is a graduate of the National War College (1990), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh (1975), and Eisenhower College (1973). She speaks French, Afrikaans, Thai, and Lao.