Bank Togo Lome
Deputy Chief of Mission Dana L. Banks arrived in Lome, Togo on October 1, 2014. Before arriving in Lome, served as the Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam since September 2011, where she led a team of 12 with a budget of over $330K annually, devising creative strategies in partnership with Mission sections and agencies to communicate the range of assistance sponsored by the American People. She served as Acting Deputy Director for “The Line, ” the Secretary of State’s Executive Secretariat staff. Prior to that, she was a Senior Watch Officer (SWO) at the State Department’s Operations Center – the 24-hour briefing and crisis management center of the Department. From 2008-2009, she served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. Previous assignments include country desk officer for Benin, Ghana, and Togo (2006-2008); Human Rights Officer, Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2003-2006); Vice-Consul and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (2000-2002). Dana is the recipient of a State Department Superior Honor Group Award, two Meritorious Service Increases, and four Meritorious Honor Awards.
Mrs. Banks joined the Foreign Service in 1999. She earned her Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Spelman College. She is a Department of State Pickering Fellow and a College Fund Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellow. Dana speaks French, Haitian Creole, and Thai.