A swearing-in ceremony was held for Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a native of Baker, as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, on July 23. She was sworn in by U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Family, friends, former teachers and classmates were in Washington, D.C., to witness this historic moment. Thomas-Greenfield was a 1970 graduate of the now defunct Northwestern High School in Zachary.
Previously, she served as the U. S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia from 2008 to 2012. According to Secretary of State Clinton, some of the highlights which directed her attention to Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was her ability to get things done and her love and compassion for the people she served.