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 Zambia
CANDIDATE: Daniel L. Foote
Daniel L. Foote, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State, Washington, D.C., a position he has held since 2015. Known for his leadership acumen, judgment and communication skills, he is a two-time Deputy Chief of Mission overseas and has held diverse senior foreign policy positions. His diplomatic experience and demonstrated interagency leadership, as well as his management of several of our government’s largest overseas programs in some of the world’s most challenging, high-threat environments, make him an excellent candidate for U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia.
Previously, Mr. Foote served as Coordinating Director, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (2014-2015) and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2012-2014) and at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2011-2012). He was Narcotics Affairs Counselor, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia (2009-2011), Team Leader, U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team to Maysan Province, Iraq (2008-2009), Management Counselor, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007-2008), Management Officer, U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team to Erbil Province, Iraq (2006-2007) and Political/Economic Section Chief and Management Officer, U.S. Embassy Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2004-2006). Other overseas diplomatic postings include London, United Kingdom and Guadalajara, Mexico. At the State Department he also served in the Operations Center and the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia and a Spanish Teacher and Football Coach in California. He worked in the energy sector in Buffalo, New York, Boston, Massachusetts and Edison, New Jersey.
Mr. Foote earned a B.A. from Columbia University, New York, New York in 1986 and a California Teaching Credential from Chapman College, Orange, California in 1997. He is the recipient of 14 notable senior State Department awards, including the Department of Defense Superior Civilian Service Award. He speaks Spanish.