New AIT spokeswoman assumes duties

Taipei, Amanda Mansour, a diplomat who speaks Mandarin Chinese, assumed her duties Thursday as spokeswoman for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties, the AIT announced in a statement issued that day.

Mansour succeeds Sonia Urbom, who stepped down as AIT spokeswoman in June.

Mansour joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2007. Most recently, she worked at the Department of State in Washington, where she served on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, at the Foreign Press Center and as a special assistant in the Bureau of Public Affairs, according to the statement.

Before that, Mansour, who also speaks Turkish, served overseas at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey and at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked in the U.S. Senate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia University.

Mansour is a native of Poughkeepsie, New York. She and her husband have one child, according to the AIT statement.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel