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 Moldova
CANDIDATE: Dereck J. Hogan
Dereck J. Hogan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Executive Secretariat in the Office of the Secretary in the Department of State, a position he has held since 2017. Mr. Hogan is one of the Department’s foremost experts on Eastern Europe, having served five tours working in or on Eastern Europe. He has held senior leadership positions both at U.S. missions overseas and domestically in the State Department. While serving as Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Azerbaijan (2013-2016), he demonstrated the leadership and management skills needed to serve as an Ambassador in a difficult security environment. These skills, in addition to his proven innovation and communication abilities, have prepared him well to serve as Ambassador to Moldova.
Previously in the Department of State, Mr. Hogan served as Director of the Office of Central European Affairs (2016-2017), Director of the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs (2011-2013), Senior Advisor to the President’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009-2011) and Department of State Representative on the civilian-military Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Southern (Uruzgan Province) and Eastern (Kunar Province) Afghanistan (2008-2009). He was also Chief of the External Affairs Unit and Deputy in the Political Section, U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (2007-2008), Chief of the Political/Economic Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (2005-2007), Special Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell (2003-2004), Watch Officer, Operations Center (2002-2003), Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (2000-2002) and Vice Consul, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1998-2000).
Mr. Hogan earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.P.A. from Princeton University. He is the recipient of ten notable awards from the Department of State. He speaks Russian and Spanish.