Thomas Dougherty became Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Canberra, in July 2013. Mr. Dougherty is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor.
Prior to his assignment in Australia, Mr. Dougherty served as Ambassador to Burkina Faso from 2010 to 2013. His prior assignments were Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs, and Director for West African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
After joining the State Department in 1989, Mr. Dougherty served overseas in Dakar, Senegal; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; Asmara, Eritrea; Bonn, Germany; and Yaounde, Cameroon. He then served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Lilongwe, Malawi, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A native of Wyoming, Mr. Dougherty graduated from Brown University. His foreign languages are German, Italian, Arabic, and French.