Dorothy Ngutter


Dorothy Ngutter, representing the US Department of State, is a national security affairs fellow for 2015-16 at the Hoover Institution.

Ngutter earned a dual bachelor of arts degree in political science and communication studies from Northeastern University and a master of art in law & diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. A career diplomat, Ngutter was most recently the deputy political counselor at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. She previously served as a special assistant to Ambassador William J. Burns in the office of the undersecretary of state for political affairs covering Africa and global issues, as the Peru desk officer in the state department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and as a watch officer in the department’s 24/7 crisis management center. Her other overseas assignments include the US Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, Belgium, and the US Embassy in Bamako, Mali. In 2009, she was nominated to join the Atlantik-Bruecke’s German-American Young Leaders Conference, which focused on fostering stronger transatlantic ties; the same year, she was selected to participate in the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program. Ngutter joined the Foreign Service after completing the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship with the Department of State. Before the Foreign Service, she worked for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a Massachusetts-based nongovernmental organization that focuses on immigrant and refugee communities. She speaks Turkish, Spanish, and basic French and Swahili.

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