Richard “Carl” Paschall, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, joined the Corporate Council on Africa in May 2022 as Senior Advisor. Mr. Paschall recently concluded an assignment as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia, where he led efforts to expanded U.S. government and private sector support to The Gambia’s democratic reform efforts launched in 2017. This included negotiation and conclusion of a Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Program Agreement and USAID Development Objectives Agreement, and expansion of other bilateral programs aimed at supporting economic revitalization and entrepreneurialism, justice and security sector reform, and other elements of democratic governance. Mr. Paschall has also held senior leadership positions in the Department of State’s Africa Bureau and Counterterrorism Bureau, as a senior diplomatic advisor to a U.S. military command, and in overseas posts in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Paschall is a die-hard Tar Heel fan, and enjoys cycling, hiking, hunting, traveling, and global gastronomy. He is married to Jane Ellen Miller Paschall, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and former USAID Foreign Service Legal Advisor.