On Friday August 8, 2014, the United States Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, presented her credentials to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.
Ambassador Nix-Hines and Director-General Bokova discussed their shared desire for robust U.S. engagement at UNESCO and highlighted key priorities such as girls’ and women’s education, tolerance building, cultural preservation, and public-private partnerships.
Crystal Nix-Hines was nominated by President Obama to the position of United States Permanent Representative to the UNESCO with the rank of Ambassador on July 9, 2013, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 12, 2014. She was sworn in by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on July 16, 2014.
Prior to assuming her duties at UNESCO, Crystal Nix-Hines was Of Counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Los Angeles, where she focused on appellate and complex litigation. Between 1993 and 1997, Ambassador Nix-Hines served in three positions with the Department of State: Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. Department of State; member of the Department’s Policy Planning Staff; and Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser. In addition to her legal and diplomatic work, Ms. Nix-Hines has written and produced for several American network television programs, including “The Practice,” “Alias,” and “Commander-in-Chief.”