UNITED STATES SENATE

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

POST: The State of Libya

CANDIDATE: Jennifer D. Gavito

Jennifer Gavito is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. She most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran. Prior to assuming that position, she served as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London and, before that, she was the U.S. Consul General in Munich, Germany. Ms. Gavito has spent the majority of her Foreign Service career working in and on the Middle East. Previous assignments have included: Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai; Director for Syria and Lebanon on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House; Deputy Director of the Maghreb Affairs Office in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Libya Desk Officer; and as head of the Economic/Commercial section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Her demonstrated leadership skills, coupled with her extensive experience in the Middle East make her a well-qualified candidate for Ambassador to the State of Libya.

Among her other assignments, Ms. Gavito was Chief of the Political Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, the Foreign Affairs Policy Advisor to the U.S. Africa Command’s Director for Plans, Policies, and, earlier in her career, held positions at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua and at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. Before joining the State Department in 1998, she worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury as an Economic Analyst

Ms. Gavito earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University, Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of multiple State Department performance awards and the Joint Civilian Service Meritorious Commendation Medal. She speaks German, French, and Spanish.

U.S. Department of State

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