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Elizabeth Hopkins

Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa
Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. 6th Fleet


Ms. Hopkins is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service (FE- MC). She served as political officer in Amman, Jordan during the first Gulf War, and then as Syria country desk officer in 1994-96, during the most intensive peace talks between Syria and Israel to date. She went on to head the political section in Damascus, Syria (1999-2001) and in Tunisia (2003-2006) before returning to Washington to work as Director of the Office of Maghreb Affairs (Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco).

In 2008, Ms. Hopkins began a three-year assignment as Director of the Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) , overseeing policy and over

$700 million in U.S. assistance to Iraqi refugees and displaced persons, Palestinians, and refugee populations in South Asia.

Ms. Hopkins served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Amman, Jordan, before returning to PRM as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2013. In that capacity, she managed humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, and elsewhere in Africa. She was a Senior Advisor for the Global Refugee and Migration Crisis, coordinating the State Department’s response to Europe’s 2015 migration challenge and President Obama’s 2016 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees at the UN General Assembly. Ms. Hopkins has also served as editor for the Secretary’s Daily Brief in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, in the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and as a consular officer in Frankfurt, Germany.

She currently serves as the Foreign Policy Advisor for Command Naval Forces Europe, Command Naval Forces Africa, and SIXTH Fleet in Naples, Italy.

Ms. Hopkins attended Middlebury College in Vermont and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She has one daughter, Claire.

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