Passionate Professionalism

Department’s 2019 award recipients demonstrate leadership and strength

2019 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners Citations

Anjalina Sen

Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Civilian Security 
For extraordinary humanitarian response to millions of Syrians in need during the largest refugee crisis since World War II.

Clifford Taliaferro

Special Agent Daniel E. O’Connor Memorial Award
For sustained distinguished service, exemplary performance, superior leadership, attention to detail, innovative practices, and proactive security management of the new embassy compound in Mexico City. This made the construction security program that he managed a flagship operation for the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

Pamela Tremont

James A. Baker III Award for Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission
For leading the Kyiv interagency team in promotion U.S. foreign policy goals while helping defend and reform Ukraine. As deputy chief of mission in Kyiv, Tremont developed people and improved morale at an intense, hardship post despite a war, imposition of martial law, and the U.S. government shutdown.

Susan M. Tuller

Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award
For her extraordinary mentoring and support of entry- and mid-level officers through the design and implementation of a comprehensive professional development program at all levels throughout five consular sections in one of the largest U.S. missions overseas.

Vanessa Velazquez

Foreign Service Nation of the Year (Department-Wide)
For resilience, dedication and service to Embassy Caracas that enabled the embassy to suspend operations without incident and afterwards maintained relationships with the de facto regime and diplomatic corps to lay the foundation of a protective power agreement providing support for U.S. citizens in Venezuela.

Lilian C. Wahl-Tuco

Swanee Hunt Award for Advancing Women’s Role in Policy Formulation
For sustained and outstanding efforts to modernize the Department by helping to remove some of the institutional barriers towards the advancement of women. Therefore, helping women to have parity at the decision-making tables within the Department.

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