Pettit, Nancy B. - Republic of Latvia - October 2014


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 Latvia

CANDIDATE: Nancy Bikoff Pettit

Nancy Bikoff Pettit, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as the Director of the Office of Western European Affairs in the Department of State Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Known as a talented policy-maker and manager, Ms. Pettit has broad experience working in post-Soviet countries and a clear understanding of the challenges they face. Her knowledge of key European institutions such as the EU and NATO, her inclusive, positive leadership style, and her inter-agency expertise will enable Ms. Pettit to further bilateral relations with the Government of Latvia, an important U.S. partner in Europe.

Previously, Ms. Pettit served in the Department of State as Director, Office of Policy Planning and Coordination, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (2010-2013), Information Officer, Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (2008-2010), Narcotics Affairs Officer, Embassy Moscow, Russia (2003-2007), Political Officer, Embassy Vienna, Austria (1999-2003), International Relations Officer, Office of Newly Independent States, (1998-1999), Examiner, Board of Examiners (1996-1997), Desk Officer, Office of Regional Affairs, Near East Bureau (1994-1996), Political Officer, Embassy Moscow, Russia (1992-1994), Analyst, Office of Soviet Union Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1990-1992), Desk Officer, Soviet Desk, European Bureau (1988-1990), Consular Officer, American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan (1986-1988) and Assistant, Office of Cultural Affairs, Embassy Moscow, Russia (1983-1984). She also served as Research Assistant, U.S. Board for International Broadcasting, Washington, D.C. and Research Assistant, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress.

Ms. Pettit earned a B.A. from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York in 1975 and a M.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1977. She is the recipient of two Superior Honor Awards and seven Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian, German and Spanish.