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Charge d’Affaires

Charge d’Affaires

Martha Patterson

Prior to her assignment in Nouakchott, Martha served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bratislava, Slovakia.  From 2010-2012, she was Economic Counselor in Islamabad and from 2008-2010, Economic Chief on the Russia Desk.  She has served in Iraq three times, running the Energy Office in the Economic Section in Baghdad (2005-2006), helping establish the Office of the Assistance Coordinator (2007 and also in Baghdad), and running the Province of Diwaniyah as the first Governance Coordinator there under the Coalition Provisional Authority (2003).  In between Iraq assignments, Martha served as the Gaza political officer based in Tel Aviv and as the International Affairs Advisor of the (then) Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS).  The first half of her career was largely spent in and working on Eastern Europe: in the former Yugoslavia, as Human Rights Officer in Zagreb, Croatia,  immediately after the Dayton Accords were signed (1996-1999) and then running the U.S. Branch Office in Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina (1999-2000).  After a year in New York at the UN Security Council covering Russia, Afghanistan, and CT issues, Martha returned to the Balkans to re-open Embassy Belgrade after the NATO bombing campaign there (2001).  In the spring of 1992, Martha was privileged to be on the opening team of the first U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, after the fall of the (then) Soviet Union,  and subsequently served in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, during that country’s civil war (1994-1996).  Her first assignment in the Foreign Service was as Vice Consul in London (1991-1993).

 Martha is a native of upstate New York, and speaks Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and (after sadly forgetting most of her Arabic) is working on her French.  She is married to US Navy Commander Marc Boyd; they are the proud parents of Buster, their English bulldog. 

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    U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania
    Phone: 222-4525-2660 or 2663
    Fax: 222-4525-1592
    Street Address:  288, rue 42-100, (rue Abdallaye)
    Mailing Address: BP 222, Nouakchott, Mauritania
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