C. Payne Lucas (1933– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” C. Payne Lucas, who co-founded Africare in 1970, established the largest and oldest predominately African American non-governmental organization (NGO). Since its founding, Africare has invested over $1 billion development-related projects in thirty-five African nations.  Lucas has spent half a century in … Read MoreC. Payne Lucas (1933– )

Gail Dennise Mathieu (1951?- )

Ambassador Gail Dennise Mathieu with Niger Officials in Niamey, Niger, 2003 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Gail Dennise Mathieu, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was appointed United States Ambassador to Niger by President George W. Bush in 2002. She remained in Niamey, the … Read MoreGail Dennise Mathieu (1951?- )

Bernadette Mary Allen (1955- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Career Foreign Service Officer Bernadette Mary Allen was commissioned into the U.S. diplomatic service in January 1980. Twenty-five years later, on October 26, 2005, President George W. Bush appointed Allen to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger.  She … Read MoreBernadette Mary Allen (1955- )