Deputy Chief of Mission Tomekah L. Burl

Deputy Chief of Mission Tomekah L. Burl

Tomekah L. Burl is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 17 years of experience service abroad and in the United States.  Her overseas assignments include The Bahamas, Belgium, China, and Iraq.  In Washington, she has served as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management, Executive Assistant to the Director of Overseas Building Operations and a desk officer in the Bureaus of African Affairs and European Affairs.  These international and domestic experiences have honed her ability to craft and implement U.S. foreign policy as well as think strategically about the impact of globalization on international relations.

Tomekah’s interagency experience includes coordinating US government humanitarian relief after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, evacuating Americans during Arab Spring, demobilizing the military from Iraq and reengaging Nigeria after its historic 2015 Presidential Elections.  The capstone of Tomekah’s field experience was leading Consul General Basrah, Iraq to a successful military withdrawal.  Sent to Basrah with only three months to accomplish the task, Tomekah utilized her expertise in planning, team building, strategic communication, and leadership to ensure the timely installation of critical infrastructure, life support contracts and physical security for the new diplomatic mission.  For her efforts, Tomekah received a Meritorious Honor Award with cash.

Tomekah proficiently speaks Mandarin Chinese.  She possesses a Master of Science in Urban Planning and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Columbia University.  Her hobbies include reading, travel and salsa dancing.