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Picture of Anne W. PattersonBIOGRAPHY

Anne W. Patterson
Ambassador, Pakistan
Term of Appointment: 07/06/2007 to present

Anne W. Patterson was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan by the United States Senate on June 28, 2007, and was sworn in on July 6, 2007.

Prior to her assignment to Pakistan, Ambassador Patterson served as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Ambassador Patterson also served as the Deputy Permanent Representative and Acting Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 2004 to 2005.

A Career Minister in the Foreign Service of the United States, Ambassador Patterson has also served as the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State from 2003 to 2004, Ambassador to Colombia from 2000 to 2003, and Ambassador to El Salvador from 1997 to 2000.

Ambassador Patterson joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1973 as an economic officer. She has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Inter-American Affairs and as Office Director for Andean Affairs. Mrs. Patterson also served as Political Counselor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1988 to 1991 and as Economic Counselor in Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1988. She has held a variety of other economic and political assignments, including in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

Ambassador Patterson received the State Departments Superior Honor award in 1981 and 1988, its Meritorious Honor award in 1977 and 1983, and a Presidential Honor award in 1993. She has also received the Order of the Congress from the Congress of Colombia, and the Order of Boyacá, from the Government of Colombia. Ambassador Patterson was also recognized by the Government of El Salvador with the Order of José Matias Delgado.

Ambassador Patterson was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She graduated from Wellesley College and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina.


Released on July 12, 2007

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