Ambassador Wanda L. Nesbitt 

Wanda Nesbitt is life-long advocate of Public Service. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of CNA, a Federally-Funded Research and Development Corporation.  She supports wildlife preservation by serving on the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Board of Trustees.

Ambassador Nesbitt retired from the U.S. Foreign Service on Dec 31, 2019 with the rank of Career Minister.  Her last assignment was Dean of the School of Language Studies at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.  Prior to FSI, Wanda was Senior Vice President of the National Defense University (2013-2016).

Ambassador Nesbitt spent a significant portion of her 38 year career in Africa.  She served as U.S. Ambassador to Namibia from 2010 to 2013; as Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire from 2007 to 2010; and as Ambassador to Madagascar from 2002-2004.  She served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Rwanda (1997-1999) and then Tanzania (1990-2001).  She enjoyed Consular assignments in Kinshasa, Zaire; Paris, France and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Issues she has a strong in interest in include wildlife preservation, women’s rights, and promoting democratic values and governance.

Ms. Nesbitt is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Presidential Meritorious Service awards and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Distinguished Civilian Service award.  She is a 1997 graduate of the National War College and holds BA’s from the University of Pennsylvania in International Relations and French.

She is married to Mr. James Stejskal, a veteran, military historian and author of several books, including the acclaimed Special Forces Berlin, Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite. Mr. Stejskal’s first work of fiction was published in 2020.  They live in Alexandria, Virginia.