Furuta-Toy, Julie - Republic of Equatorial Guinea - July 2015


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: Julie Furuta-Toy

Julie Furuta-Toy, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Chargé d’Affaires a.i., at U.S. Embassy Oslo, Norway, a position she has held since 2013. Having served most of her 29-year career in developing countries, Ms. Furuta-Toy has demonstrated outstanding leadership, strong interpersonal and team-building skills, as well as expertise in administering development programs and doing consular work, a background that would serve her very well as U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.

Previously, Ms. Furuta-Toy served as DCM at both U.S. Embassy Oslo, Norway (2012-2013) and U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (2009-2012). Prior to that, she served in the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs as Director in both the Office of Children’s Issues (2007-2009) and the Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison (2004-2007). Ms. Furuta-Toy also served as Consul and Immigrant Visa Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (2001-2003), as Career Development Officer in the Department’s Bureau of Personnel (1998-2000), and as Program Officer in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (1996-1998). She also served as Consul and Nonimmigrant Visa Chief at U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, India (1995-1996) and as Consul and Immigrant Visa Chief at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1992-1995). Her early assignments with the Department include Consular Officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Vice Consul at U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, and Para-Consular Assistant at U.S. Consulate Mazatlan, Mexico.

Ms. Furuta-Toy earned a B.A. from the University of California at Riverside in 1981, a M.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1984, and a M.S. from the National Defense University in 2004. Her languages are Spanish and Russian.