Peterson, Lisa J. - Kingdom of Swaziland - November 2015



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

POST: Kingdom of Swaziland

CANDIDATE: Lisa J. Peterson

Lisa J. Peterson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, most recently served as Director of the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, a position she held since 2012. Having served extensively throughout Africa, in both large and small missions, Ms. Peterson is known for her outstanding leadership and management skills and attention to morale and preparedness, including when serving in posts facing hardships and crises. In addition to a deep expertise in African affairs, she also holds specialized knowledge and policy expertise on important democracy, human rights, and health engagement issues, background that makes her well qualified to serve as Ambassador to Swaziland.

Previously, Ms. Peterson served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon (2009-2012), Cultural Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria (2007-2009), and Deputy Director of the Department’s Office of Central African Affairs (2006-2007). Prior to that, she served as Political Officer three times, at U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya (2002-2006), U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia (1998-2002), and U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (1996-1998). She also was an Analyst in the Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1993-1996), Vice Consul at U.S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa (1991-1993), and Vice Consul/Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Bangui, Central African Republic (1989-1991). Before joining the Foreign Service she worked in the University of Rochester’s Department of Chemistry (1988-1989) and the University’s Carlson Mathematics and Sciences Library (1987-1988).

Ms. Peterson earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, in 1986. She received numerous Department performance awards and speaks French.