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Anne W. Patterson
U.S. Ambassador to Colombia

Anne W. Patterson was confirmed by the Senate on June 9, 2000 and was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia on August 15, 2000.

From March 1997 to her present appointment, she served as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. Previously, Ambassador Patterson was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs in the Department of State from January to September 1996. She was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean from 1993 to 1995.

From 1991-1993, Ambassador Patterson was director of the Office of Andean Affairs. Prior to that, she was political counselor to the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and economic counselor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she served 1984-1988. She studied Arabic for one year before beginning her assignment in Saudi Arabia. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1973, she has served as Nicaragua desk officer, as an analyst for Central America, and as a trade specialist for Canada. Her first assignment was in Ecuador from 1974-1977 as an economic officer.

She received the Department of State's Superior Honor Award in 1981 and 1988, its Meritorious Honor Award in 1977 and 1983, and a Presidential award in 1993.

Ambassador Patterson was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1949. She graduated from Wellesley College and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina.

Ambassador Patterson is married to David R. Patterson, a retired Foreign Service officer also from Fort Smith, Arkansas. They have two sons, Edward, 19 and Andrew, 13.

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