Reuben Brigety – the new U.S. ambassador to the African Union


Submitted by Matt Dixon on August 9, 2013

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Parts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are 9,000 feet above sea level, so it seems an appropriate next stop in the skyrocketing career of Jacksonville native Reuben Brigety II.

He and his family arrive there in October, where he will serve as U.S. ambassador to the African Union, a 54-nation group modeled after the European Union.

Brigety is a graduate of Sandalwood High and the U.S. Naval Academy, with a master’s from Cambridge University and stints in the Pentagon and academia. He’s been in the State Department as well, most recently as deputy assistant secretary for African affairs.

President Barack Obama nominated him in June to be the country’s fourth ambassador to the African Union. He was confirmed by the Senate Aug. 1 in a unanimous vote.