Chapman, Todd C. - Republic of Ecuador - October 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 Ecuador

CANDIDATE: Todd C. Chapman

Todd C. Chapman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs, a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Chapman is well known for his public diplomacy, mentoring, and management skills, including as Deputy Chief of Mission in Brasilia, one of our largest missions, and as Chargé d’Affaires in Maputo for over two and a half years. He also holds significant experience effectively leading interagency teams, advancing USG policy objectives, and promoting economic development through economic partnerships, valuable background that he can draw upon as Ambassador to Ecuador.

Mr. Chapman previously served as DCM, U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (2011-2014), Senior Deputy Coordinator for Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (2010-2011), and Chargé d’Affaires and DCM at U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique (2007-2010). Before that, he served as Executive Assistant, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2006-2007), Political/Economic/Commercial Counselor, U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia (2004-2006), and Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy San Jose, Costa Rica (2001-2004). Mr. Chapman also served as Telecommunications Officer, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, (2000-2001), Economic/Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Office in Abuja, Nigeria (1997-1999), and Kenya/Uganda Desk Officer, Office of East African Affairs (1996-1997). Earlier in the Foreign Service he served in the Operations Center and in Mozambique and Taiwan. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a Consultant in Brazil and Houston, Texas, and as a Commercial Banker in New York and Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Chapman earned an A.B. from Duke University in 1983, and a M.S. from the Joint Military Intelligence College in 2000. He has won numerous Department performance awards. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese.