SUBJECT:        Ambassadorial Nomination:  Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST:             Gabonese Republic

CANDIDATE: Vernelle Trim FitzPatrick

Vernelle FitzPatrick, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Office Director, Office of Assistance to Africa, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.  Prior to that, Ms. FitzPatrick served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Yaoundé and, before that, as Acting Deputy Director, Office of Central African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State.  She also served as Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.  Ms. FitzPatrick’s experience as a Deputy Chief of Mission, coupled with more than a decade of experience working in or on Africa makes her a well-qualified candidate to serve as Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic.

Earlier, Ms. FitzPatrick served as Ethiopia Desk Officer in the Office of East African Affairs in the State Department, and she also held positions as the Political Section Chief for the U.S. Embassy, Accra, Ghana and as a Political Officer of the U.S. Embassy, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Among her other assignments, Ms. FitzPatrick was the Slovenia Desk Officer, in the Office of North Central Europe in the State Department’s Bureau of European Affairs, a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassies in Paramaribo, Suriname and Tirana, Albania and a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.

Ms. FitzPatrick earned her bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina and her master’s degree from The George Washington University.  Her languages include French and Spanish, and she is the recipient of multiple State Department performance awards.

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