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Patricia M. Haslach
Ambassador, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Term of Appointment: 05/06/2004 to present

Patricia M. Haslach was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on May 6, 2004. She is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, who began her diplomatic career in 1986.

Ms. Haslach previously served as the Director, Office for Afghanistan, responsible for overseeing a multi-billion-dollar reconstruction program for Afghanistan. Prior to this, she served as the Economic Counselor in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her other foreign assignments have included service as the Agricultural Attaché in New Delhi, India, Political Officer in the US Mission to the European Union, and Resource Officer in Lagos, Nigeria, and Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1997 Ms. Haslach received the Sinclaire Award for the study of a hard language. In 1999 she was selected as the winner of the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance, and in 2002 she was awarded the Director General’s Award for Impact and Originality in Reporting.

A native of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Ms. Haslach earned her BA in Political Science from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and a Master in International Affairs and Certificate on Western Europe from Columbia University, New York. Her languages are French, Italian and Indonesian.

Ms. Haslach has a keen interest in education and she has actively served on the boards of the American schools in Lagos, Jakarta and Islamabad.  She is married to a fellow Foreign Service Officer and they have two daughters.



Released on September 30, 2004

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