UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
CANDIDATE: Robin Dunnigan
Robin Dunnigan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central and Eastern Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to this assignment she served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria. Previously, Dunnigan was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources. Earlier assignments include U.S. Embassies in Vietnam, Chile, Turkey, Cuba, and El Salvador. In Washington, Dunnigan’s assignments include Director for the Office of Europe, the Western Hemisphere and Africa in the Energy Bureau, as well as positions in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and on the staff of the Secretary of State in the Executive Secretariat. Dunnigan’s substantive background in Europe and Eurasian Affairs and demonstrated ability to lead large interagency teams, coupled with over thirty years of broad diplomatic experience, make her a well-qualified candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia.
Dunnigan is the recipient of numerous State Department performance awards, including three Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards. A native of California, she is a distinguished graduate of the National War College, where she earned a Master of Science degree. She also received a Master of Science from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Dunnigan speaks Spanish and German.