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Lange Schermerhorn
Ambassador to Republic of Djibouti


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Biography

Lange Schermerhorn was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti on December 11, 1997 and presented her credentials on January 25, 1998. She joined the Foreign Service in 1966, and is a member of the Senior Foreign Service. She has served in a variety of economic, political, trade promotion, management, and staff positions in Washington, Southeast Asia, the Near East and South Asia, and Europe.

From 1993 to 1997, Ambassador Schermerhorn served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. Prior to that assignment, she was the Deputy Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments. From 1988-1990, she served in the office of Special Trade Activities, Bureau of Economic Affairs, and was Counselor for Economic Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Brussels from 1985 to 1988.

Ambassador Schermerhorn's other assignments include Deputy Director, Office of North African Affairs (1982-1985); Assistant Commercial Attache in London (1978-1981); and Economic Officer in Tehran (1974-1977). From 1971 to 1973, she was assigned to the Department of State's Secretariat, first in the Operations Center and subsequently as a staff officer on the Secretariat staff. Earlier overseas assignments include Saigon from 1969 to 1970 and Colombo from 1967 to 1968.

Ambassador Schermerhorn recieved her bachelor's degree in history and international relations from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She is a 1982 graduate of the National War College, National Defense University in Fort McNair, Washington; and she obtained a certificate in Economics from the Foreign Service Institute in 1974.

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