Elizabeth Frawley Bagley has been selected to head the Global Partnership Center at the State Department.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, director of policy planning at State, informally announced her nomination during a keynote speech at the Society for International Development-Washington, D.C.'s annual conference.
If appointed, Bagley will become managing director of the center, which was created in late 2007 to match private organizations with government agencies in an effort to advance U.S. foreign policy and development goals. She would work under the guidance of Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg.
Slaughter also said the center would expand its activities and play a more prominent role in the department.
Bagley was senior advisor to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from 1997 to 2001, and served as U.S. ambassador to Portugal from 1994 to 1997. An attorney specializing in trade and international law, Bagley was also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University in Washington until January 1993, according to the Council for American Ambassadors' Web site.