Deputy Chief of Mission, a.i.
Laura Lochman arrived in Bogota August 4, 2012 to take her position as Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy. She assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Mission, a.i., on August 20, 2015. Her previous position was as U.S. Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories for a three-year term.
Lochman is a career diplomat with over 26 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation. She has served in various overseas assignments with the Department of State, including as Deputy Economic Counselor and Chief of the Trade and Investment Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Deputy Economic Counselor and Environment, Science and Technology Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Earlier, she served in Caracas, Venezuela and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In Washington, Laura served in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs, the Bureau of South Asian Affairs, and in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science. Laura was detailed for one year from the State Department to a non-governmental organization, the Nature Conservancy, as a policy advisor. She also spent two years as the State Department’s Deputy Director of the Office of Central European Affairs.
Laura graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and French from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also studied at the Université de Montpellier, France. Laura, her husband Joseph Schaefer, and their son Nicholas enjoy skiing, hiking, and the outdoors. Laura holds a black belt in karate, and her foreign languages include French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.