REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Cabo Verde
CANDIDATE: Donald L. Heflin
Donald L. Heflin, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, serves as Managing Director of the Consular Affairs Visa Office at the Department of State. Known as a talented leader and expert manager, he has broad knowledge of African affairs, extensive experience in the interagency process and has served as a senior official at danger and hardship posts. He will bring essential skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Cabo Verde, an important, strategically located U.S. partner.
Previously, Mr. Heflin served the Department of State as Principal Officer, Consulate General Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (2009-2012), Deputy/Acting Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2009), Deputy Director, Office of African Regional and Security Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs (2004-2006), Consul, Embassy London, United Kingdom (1999-2003), Coordination Division Officer, Visa Office, Bureau of Consular Affairs (1997-1999), Rwanda/Burundi Desk Officer, Office of Central African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs (1995-1997), Consul, Embassy Lusaka, Zambia (1993 -1995), Consul and Deputy Principal Officer, Consulate, Hermosillo, Mexico (1992-1993), Vice Consul, Consulate Madras, India (1990-1992), and Vice Consul, Embassy Lima, Peru (1988-1990). He was a self-employed attorney in Mobile and Huntsville, Alabama (1983-1987).
Mr. Heflin earned a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama in 1980, a J.D. from the University of Alabama Law School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1983 and a M.Sc. from the National War College, Washington, D.C. in 2004. He was the recipient of a Social Sciences Scholarship and became Phi Beta Kappa at Birmingham-Southern College. He was awarded a Hugo Black Scholarship at the University of Alabama. The Laredo Texas Chamber of Commerce awarded him the “Order of Los Dos Laredos” in 2011 for leadership in cross-border ties. From the Department of State he received four Superior Honor Awards: and four Meritorious Honor Awards. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.