Lori Peterson Dando
Permanent Representative to UN-Nairobi
U.S. Embassy USUN
Ms. Dando is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She arrived in Nairobi in late September, 2016, to take up her position as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Nairobi, heading up the U.S. Mission to UN- Nairobi. Immediately prior to this assignment she served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Asmara at the U.S. Embassy in Eritrea. Other assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission to the Federated States of Micronesia; Deputy Head of the Community Affairs Unit, International Civilian Office (ICO), Pristina, Kosovo (an EU-U.S. joint Mission); Regional Environment Officer, Copenhagen; Environment & Science officer, New Delhi; International Relations Officer, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and International Scientific Affairs, Department of State, Washington, DC; and Consular Officer, Durban, South Africa and Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.
She is the recipient of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Environmental Reporting as well as Superior Honor and Merit Awards.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Dando practiced law for more than a decade, primarily as an Assistant County Attorney in Minnesota, where she also taught and published articles and training materials on contact law, the law and policy of Geographic Information Systems and information policy generally.
Ms. Dando holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Minnesota where she double majored in English Literature and Sociology (Urban Studies and Criminal Justice Studies).
Ms. Dando is married, with two sons, one of whom is also a Foreign Service officer and the other a mechanical engineer.