Ms. Degnan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, arrived January 29, 2020 in Tbilisi, Georgia to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. She most recently served as the Political Advisor to the Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe – the United States Naval Forces Africa. Previously, she was Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Mission to Italy, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo. During her 25-year career, she also served as Political Counselor at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, Belgium, Senior Civilian Representative to Brigade Combat Team Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and Deputy Political Counselor at the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. She was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Department of State. Ms. Degnan earned a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center. Ms. Degnan earned the Secretary of State’s Expeditionary Service Award, and she speaks Italian, French, Turkish and Urdu.