Samantha Power

United States ambassador to the United Nations

Samantha Power is the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She moved to the United States from Ireland when she was nine, becoming a US citizen at the age of 23. After graduating from Yale University, she began her career by covering the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a journalist.

On her return to the US, she attended Harvard Law School, later developing a paper she wrote there into her first book, “A Problem From Hell”: America And The Age of Genocide, which won a Pulitzer Prize. Power worked as an academic in human rights and public policy before joining Senator Barack Obama’s office as a foreign policy advisor. In January 2009 President Obama appointed her to the staff of the National Security Council, and in June 2013, he announced her nomination as US Ambassador to the United Nations.