Inger Tangborn assumed her assignment as Embassy Nouakchott’s Deputy Chief of Mission in July 2020. She most recently served as an inspector with the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General, following a tour as the Deputy Consular Chief in Shanghai, China, in one of the largest visa operations in the world. Her other assignments, including two as a reporting officer on Iranian affairs – in Ashgabat and Erbil – have been in Amman, Baku, Tunis, Jerusalem and also in Cairo, where she was responsible for consular operations in the Sudan.
Ms. Tangborn is from Seattle, Washington, and holds a B.A. in French language and literature from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota, and completed further studies in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques.
Before entering the Foreign Service in 1997, Ms. Tangborn was a legal services attorney with the International Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, specialized in refugee and asylum law. She has also served overseas with the United Nations refugee agency, including in Tanzania during the Rwandan refugee operation. Fluent in French and Arabic, she is also proficient in Persian, Russian, Spanish and Chinese. She and her husband have a son and a daughter.