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

POST:                  Democratic Republic of the Congo

CANDIDATE:     Lucy Tamlyn

Lucy Tamlyn, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is currently the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., for the U.S. Embassy, Khartoum, Sudan.  Previously she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassies in Portugal and in Chad.  With additional experience at U.S. Missions to the United Nations and its specialized agencies, as Economic Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and as a Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader in Erbil, Iraq, she has demonstrated her ability to lead and manage U.S. Missions overseas, as well as a strong background in economics, development, crisis management and regional expertise.  Her skills and experience make her a well-qualified candidate for U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ms. Tamlyn also served the Department of State as Director, Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Bureau of African Affairs, Alternate Permanent Representative, Deputy Director, ECOSOC Section, U.S. Mission to the UN, New York, Alternate Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Rome, Italy, and Political Officer, U.S. Consulate Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She was Alternate Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York, International Relations Officer, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Economic/Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique, and Alternate Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Vienna, Austria. She also served as International Relations Officer, Bureau of International Organization Affairs and Vice Consul, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia.

Ms. Tamlyn earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland and a master’s degree from Columbia University School of International Affairs.  She is the recipient of numerous State Department awards, including the Secretary’s Award for Expeditionary Service.  Ms. Tamlyn speaks French and Portuguese.

U.S. Department of State

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