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Katherine Brucker
Chargé d'Affaires
U.S. Embassy Libreville

 

Katherine Brucker is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service.  Her assignments include both bilateral and multilateral work as well as extensive experience on the Secretary of State's staff.

Ms. Brucker began her career in 1994 as an Economic Officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where she concentrated on economic development in a post-conflict society.  She transferred to Bonn in 1996 where she worked as a Consular Officer and then as the Staff Assistant to the Ambassador.  1998 she joined the State Department's Executive Secretariat and spent the next two years supporting Secretary Albright's foreign travel, a job that took her to some thirty countries. 

Following a year of economic training in Washington (2000-2001), Ms. Brucker joined the U.S. Mission to the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) in Vienna.  There she worked on Good Governance, Counter-Terrorism and Terrorist Financing as well as Balkan and Central Asian issues.  Key achievements during her tenure in Vienna included winning decisions by all OSCE participating States to complete the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) self-assessments on compliance with the FATF's Eight Special Recommendations on Terrorist Financing, and to adopt the ICAO's enhanced standards for travel document security. 

Leaving Vienna in 2005, Ms. Brucker assumed her duties as head of the Political, Economic and Commercial Section at the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.  In addition to traditional political and economic reporting and advocacy, her section managed over 5 million dollars in annual assistance programs and aggressively promoted bilateral trade and investment.  In July, 2007 Ms. Brucker returned to Washington to serve as a senior watch officer in the State Department's Operations Center.  

From August 2008 to July 2011 she served as Principal Officer at the Consulate General in Leipzig, Germany, the only U.S. diplomatic mission in the former East Germany.  Her work there centered on building understanding of the United States and support for U.S. policies among political figures and the public at large.  She returned to Washington in July 2011 where she spent a year at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, earning a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy (Distinguished Graduate).  From 2012-2014 she served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment.

Ms. Brucker earned a BA from Tulane University and a Master’s from Thunderbird (American Graduate School of International Management).

Outside of work Ms. Brucker enjoys choral singing.  She has sung the Capitol Hill Chorale, the Leipziger Oratorien Chor, the Bachgemeinde Wien, and the Bonner Bach Gemeinschaft.  She is also an avid touring cyclist.  Her trips include several along the Danube, including the 1000 km stretch from Donaueschingen to Vienna.  In 2010 she cycled 1200 km along the former East-West German border, and in 2012 she undertook a 2254 km trip along the Unstrut, the Elbe and the Rhine.