Dogu, Laura F. - Republic of Nicaragua - May 2015



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

POST: Republic of Nicaragua

CANDIDATE: Laura F. Dogu

Laura F. Dogu, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Mexico City, a position she has held since 2012. She is especially well known for her outstanding management and leadership skills, demonstrated in Mexico where she has managed the many different facets of the complex U.S.-Mexico relationship, one that involves nearly every agency of the U.S. government. Ms. Dogu won the Department’s outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission award in 2013 for her performance there. Her extensive experience in Latin America and in managing important Consular operations and projects also will serve her well in Nicaragua.


Previously, Ms. Dogu served with the Department of State as Deputy Executive Director, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Washington, D.C. (2010-2012), and as Consular Section Chief, U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (2007-2010). She was a Student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. (2006-2007), Consular Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey (2002-2006), and Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt (1999-2002). Prior to that, Ms. Dogu served as Staff Assistant, Bureau of Consular Affairs (1997-1998), and Watch Officer, Department of State Operations Center, (1996-1997). Earlier assignments included serving as Consular and Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey (1994-1996), and Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (1991-1994).

Ms. Dogu earned a B.A., B.B.A., and M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, 1985 and 1989, as well as a M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2007. She has won numerous Department of State performance awards, including the 2008 Barbara M. Watson Consular Excellence Award, and speaks Spanish, Turkish and Arabic.