Ambassador Sylvia Stanfield is the President of Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
Ambassador Sylvia Gaye Stanfield was a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service.
In the course of her long diplomatic career, she assumed many high positions where she served both at home and abroad.
many years of services abroad, Ambassador Stanfield
was the first African-American woman to serve as the U.S.
Ambassador to Brunei from September 1999 to September 2002.
A native of Texas, Ambassador Stanfield earned a B.A. degree in Intercultural Studies from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio.
As an East West Center grantee, she received an M.A. degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii and continued her studies at the University of Hong Kong School of Oriental Studies and Linguistics.