Sept. 10, 2018: Dereck J. Hogan was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Moldova by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Hogan, of Virginia, is a career member of the federal government’s Senior Foreign Service, and he has worked as a diplomat since 1977. He is currently the Deputy Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of State, a position he has held since 2017. Hogan is an expert on Eastern Europe, and he has worked five tours working in or on Eastern Europe, including working in issues related to Russia. Hogan has held senior-level leadership positions at U.S. Missions overseas and domestically for the State Department. Hogan was recently the Charge d’affairs and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Azerbaijan from 2013 to 2016, and the State Department Representative on the civilian-military Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Southern (Uruzgan Province) and Easter (Kunar Province) Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009. Hogan received an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Hogan speaks Russian and Spanish.