Richard, Elizabeth Holzhall - Lebanese Republic - March 2016



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

POST: Lebanese Republic

CANDIDATE: Elizabeth Holzhall Richard

Elizabeth Holzhall Richard, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves in the Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, a position she has held since 2013. Her recent experience dealing with critical and complex Middle East policy and assistance issues, not only as DAS in Washington, but as Deputy Chief of Mission in Yemen during an exceptionally challenging period, have made her well qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon.

Previously, Ms. Richard served as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Sanaa, Yemen (2010-2013), Border Coordinator, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (2008-2010), and as Director for Counter-Narcotics, Law Enforcement and Rule of Law Programs, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (2006-2007). Prior to that, she served in the Department as Deputy Director, Office of Asia, Africa and Europe, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (2005-2006), Deputy to the Ambassador for War Crimes Issues (2003-2005), and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (2002-2003). She also served as Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (1997-2001), Special Assistant to the Ambassador, U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (1994-1997), and Desk Officer for Czechoslovakia Office of South Central Europe, Bureau of Western European and Eurasian Affairs, (1991-1993). Earlier assignments in the Foreign Service included serving as Watch Officer in the Department’s Operations Center, Rotational Officer at U.S. Embassy Singapore, and Consular Officer at U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Ms. Richard earned a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1981, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Law School in 1984, and an M.S. from the National War College in 2008. She has won numerous Department performance awards and speaks Italian, Spanish, French and Thai.