On August 17 Dorothea-Maria (Doria) Rosen presented her credentials to President Emanuel Mori at the FSM National Government compound in Palikir, Pohnpei. Following the ceremony, Ambassador Rosen officially became the ninth U.S Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she most recently served as the Diplomat-in-Residence for the Midwest region, based out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. A Diplomat-in-Residence is responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department of State careers.
Prior to this position, she was the Deputy Principal Officer in Frankfurt, Germany. Ambassador Rosen also served as the Consul General in Bern, Switzerland, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Her other previous positions include: Visa Branch Chief in Frankfurt, Germany; Nonimmigrant Visa Chief in Manila, Philippines; Political Military Officer in Berlin, Germany; Consular Officer in Accra, Ghana; Deputy Chief Immigrant Visa Section in Seoul, South Korea; and Vice Consul in Stuttgart, Germany and Bucharest, Romania. In Washington, Ambassador Rosen has served as Director of the Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and as an analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ambassador Rosen served as an Army Reservist from 1979 to 1981. From 1976 to 1979, she served on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Heidelberg, Germany.
She holds an A.B. from Vassar College and a J.D. from Hofstra University Law School. She has studied French, Romanian and German. Ambassador Rosen has three grown children: Michael, Thomas, and Katharine.
During the short ceremony, Ambassador Rosen and President Mori both commented on the special relationship between the two nations and their hopes of deepening those bonds. Following the formal ceremony, they had the opportunity to engage in a lengthy chat. President Mori emphasized that the FSM and U.S. relationship was strong and that it was much more than just the Compact. Following the official ceremony, President Mori hosted a small reception for Ambassador Rosen to introduce her to members of his Cabinet.