Alsup Carolyn Patricia - Republic of The Gambia July 2015


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 The Gambia

CANDIDATE: Carolyn Patricia Alsup

Carolyn Patricia Alsup, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana. Known as a talented leader with extensive high-level, interagency policy experience in African regional affairs, she is an experienced consensus builder and manager. Her proven ability to promote U.S. foreign policy and run American Embassies abroad will enable her to further bilateral relations with the Government of The Gambia, an important U.S. partner in Africa and within the African Union.

Previously, Ms. Alsup served in the Department of State as Director, Office of Central African Affairs (2011-2012), Deputy Director, Office of Central African Affairs (2010-2011), Career Development Officer, Bureau of Human Resources (2008-2010), and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia (2005-2007). She was also Executive Assistant, Economic Bureau (2004-2005), Special Assistant, Office of Undersecretary for Economics, Business & Agriculture (2004), Examiner on the Department’s Board of Examiners (2003-2004), and Special Assistant, Office of Undersecretary for Economics, Business & Agriculture (2001-2003). Before that, she served as Desk Officer, Office of the Eastern Caribbean (2000-2001), Economics Officer, Office of Multilateral Trade (1997-2000), Assistant Financial Attaché, U.S. Embassy Mexico City (seconded to U.S. Treasury) (1995-1997), and Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1993-1995). Earlier, Ms. Alsup was a self-employed consultant and art gallery owner in Saint Petersburg, Florida and previously worked for Seaway Hotels Corporation, the City of Saint Petersburg, Ling-Temco-Vought Aerospace, the Washington D.C. Development Corporation, and S. C. Johnson & Son.

Ms. Alsup earned a B.S. at Wellesley College, an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School and an M.A. at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. She is the recipient of three Superior Honor Awards and three meritorious Awards from the Department of State. She speaks Spanish.