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

POST:                  Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros

CANDIDATE:     Claire A. Pierangelo

Claire A. Pierangelo, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Principal Officer of the United States Consulate General, Lagos, Nigeria. Previously she was an Assistant Professor at the National War College/National Defense University, and prior to that was the Director of the Office of Performance Evaluation in the Bureau of Human Resources of the Department of State. Ms. Pierangelo was also the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam, the Principal Office of the U.S. Consulate General, Surabaya Indonesia, and held multiple positions in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs including as Director of the Office of Central Europe. Her numerous leadership positions, her service across multiple bureaus, and her command of both the policy and practice of diplomatic engagement make her a well-qualified candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros.

Among her other assignments, Ms. Pierangelo worked in the Bureau of Human Resources as a Career Development Officer, served as the Deputy Director of European Regional Affairs, and was one of the State Department Officers selected to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces/National Defense University (ICAF/NDU). Earlier she served as the Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam and before that was the Director for Bilateral Investment in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Ms. Pierangelo earned her B.A. from the University of Santa Cruz, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, an MS in National Security and Resource Strategy from ICAF/NDU.  Ms. Pierangelo’s foreign languages include Vietnamese, French, Italian, Indonesian and basic Spanish and Haitian Creole. She holds the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and multiple State Department performance awards.

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