Press Release: Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Visits Minnesota


MINNEAPOLIS, JUNE 25, 2024 – Molly Phee, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, traveled to Minnesota to participate in several events on June 24 & 25, held by local nonprofit Global Minnesota. As the nation’s top official in charge of U.S. policy towards Africa, Assistant Secretary Phee had a particularly important message to share with Minnesota given the state’s large and vibrant African diaspora community.

Assistant Secretary Phee spoke at a free public event last night hosted by Global Minnesota. Held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U.S. Policy in Africa with Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee discussed the intricacies of the current approach to U.S.-Africa relations. Assistant Secretary Phee also shared her experiences building bridges of understanding and economic prosperity with people across Africa. Minnesota’s significant and vibrant African diaspora added to the importance and relevance of understanding this crucial relationship.

The event featured a fireside chat conversation with Molly Phee moderated by former Humphrey School Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin. After her initial remarks, the conversation continued with a robust discussion of American foreign policy in Africa featuring audience questions and comments.

Earlier in the day, Assistant Secretary Phee met with Minnesota’s cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows, a prestigious group of 25 emerging leaders from 19 countries throughout Africa. They will also be featured at a public event with Global Minnesota on July 10. She also met with Global Minnesota Corporate Member Land O’ Lakes and their international development arm Venture37 to share their work in Africa.

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Assistant Secretary Phee at public event.
2024 Mandela Fellows with Assistant Secretary Phee