U.S. Consulate, Nuuk, Greenland
Monica Bland took her post as Consul at U.S. Consulate Nuuk in July 2023. Prior to this assignment, Monica headed the Central America Strategy Team in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and led the development and implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Address the Root Causes of Migration in Central America, for which she won the 2022 Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs. She has served as the peace process officer at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem—Branch Office Tel Aviv, as the Political/Economic Section Chief at Embassy Minsk, at U.S. Embassies in Kosovo, Ukraine, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as the political-military officer in the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Monica worked for the National Democratic Institute in Washington, DC on programs in the former Soviet Union and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Pushkin, Russia. As an intern at U.S. Embassy Copenhagen twenty years ago, she helped in the early stages of what would become the 2004 Igaliku Agreement. She speaks Danish, Russian, and Serbian. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She’s from Norfolk, Nebraska, the proud hometown of Johnny Carson.