Anne E. Derse was sworn in an U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania on September 28, 2009. Ambassador Derse is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. She joined the State Department in 1981 after receiving an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in French and Linguistics from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1976.
Ambassador Derse served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan from June 2006 to July 2009. As Director for Biodefense Policy at the Homeland Security Council (HSC) 2005-2006, she helped develop the Implementation Plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza. She assisted in establishing the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in 2004-2005 as Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs. She worked for the Department of State's Under Secretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs as Executive Assistant in 2003-2004. As Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) from 1999 to 2003, she led the USEU team managing U.S.-EU economic relations. She served as U.S. Commissioner on the Tripartite Gold Commission, adjudicating sovereign claims for gold seized by the Nazis and recovered by the Allies after World War II, while assigned as Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels 1997-1999. Ambassador Derse helped coordinate United States' participation in the 1996 APEC Summit as Economic Counselor and Deputy Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines 1995-1997. She served as Special Assistant for Asian Affairs to State's Under Secretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs from 1993 to 1995. As Finance and Development officer and Deputy Economic Counselor in Korea 1989-1993, she helped establish the Presidents' Economic Initiative, the Dialogue for Economic Cooperation and Treasury-Ministry of Finance Financial Policy Talks. She also served as trade officer in Singapore 1985-1988, staff assistant to the Counselor of the Department of State 1983-84, and as Vice Consul in Trinidad and Tobago 1981-1983.
Ambassador Derse received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2006, the State Department's Cordell Hull Award for Senior Economic Achievement in 2004, the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance in 1986, and Department of State Superior Honor Awards in 1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, and 2006. She graduated with distinction from the Department's Economic and Commercial Studies program in 1989. She speaks French, Italian and Azerbaijani.
Ambassador Derse was born in Lakewood, Ohio in 1954.