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Rose M. Likins
U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador

rose likins photoOn June 9th, 2000, Rose M. Likins was confirmed to serve as the next United States Ambassador to El Salvador.

Ms. Likins is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She joined the Foreign Service in June, 1981 and has served overseas as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico, as chief of the political section at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. In Washington, Ms. Likins has served in the (then) Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, as the Honduras desk officer, as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, as Executive Assisant to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs, as Director of the Department's Operations Center, and most recently, as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department.

Ms. Likins graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia in May, 1981 with magna cum laude honors for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Affairs. At Mary Washington, Ms. Likins was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board honor societies.

Ms. Likins has been awarded the Department's Meritorious and Superior Honor awards on several occasions. She was awarded the Horsemen of Madara medal by the Government of Bulgaria in July, 1997. Ms. Likins speaks Spanish and Bulgarian and is a member of the American Foreign Service Association.

Ms. Likins is married to John F. Likins. The couple has two sons, James, 13, and Kevin, 9.

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