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 Equatorial Guinea
CANDIDATE: Susan N. Stevenson
Susan N. Stevenson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has been the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs since 2016. She served as the Bureau’s Acting Assistant Secretary from January 2017 – January 2018. Previously, Ms. Stevenson was the Chief of Staff for the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2015 – 2016) and Director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources for the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy (2014 – 2015). She also held senior leadership positions as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, as Director of the Foreign Press Centers, Washington, D.C. (2012) and as Consul General and Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2010 – 2012). Her demonstrated skill as a senior leader, policy maker and implementer able to work effectively in the Washington inter-agency community, coupled with her ability to lead complex teams with vision and empathy make her an excellent candidate for Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.
Ms. Stevenson’s other assignments include as Press Attaché and Spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, and the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong. She was also Assistant Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico and the Assistant Information Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok Thailand. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Stevenson worked for the Kellogg Company in various marketing positions.
Ms. Stevenson earned both a B.S. (Wharton School) and B.A. (College of Arts) from the University of Pennsylvania. An accomplished linguist, she speaks Chinese – Mandarin, French, Spanish, and Thai.