Pittman H. Dean - Republic of Mozambique - October 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 Mozambique
CANDIDATE: H. Dean Pittman
H. Dean Pittman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Senior Advisor, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, a position he has held since 2014. Having served in numerous senior leadership positions within the Department, at the NSC, and overseas, Mr. Pittman is known as a talented leader with significant policy and management expertise. He gained regional expertise early in his career as a Political Officer in Mozambique and holds a Master’s degree in African Studies, experience that also will serve him well as Ambassador to Mozambique.
Previously, Mr. Pittman served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State (2013-2014) and Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary (2010-2013) in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Prior to that, he was Senior Diplomacy Advisor to the Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (2009-2010), Member of the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning (2007-2009), and Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General Belfast, United Kingdom (2004-2007). He also served as Deputy Director for Governance on a detail to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad (2003-2004), Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (2002-2003), Director for Balkan Affairs, National Security Council (2000-2002), Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1999-2000), and Legislative Management Officer for East Asia and Pacific Affairs (1997-1999). His early assignments included a detail to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (1996), and serving as Political Officer in Maputo, Mozambique (1991-1993). Before the Foreign Service, he was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congressman Wayne Dowdy, a Reporter, and Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon.
Mr. Pittman earned a B.A. from Millsaps College in Mississippi in 1978 and a M.A. from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1985. He has won several Department performance awards and speaks Portuguese and French.