A career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service, Marja Verloop arrived in the Netherlands in June 2019 serving as Deputy Chief of Mission. As of January 17, 2021, she assumed responsibility as Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Mission in the Netherlands.
Since joining the Department of State in 1998, Marja has pursued a diverse career in numerous assignments in Washington D.C. and at Embassies overseas. Prior to this assignment, Marja served as Deputy Executive Director for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau, with administrative responsibility and oversight for 45 overseas posts and 12 domestic offices. Marja’s overseas tours have included positions in New Delhi, India, Ottawa, Canada, Windhoek, Namibia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Warsaw, Poland. Domestically she has served as the State Department’s Director for Innovation, as a desk officer to the European Union, a negotiator in the Office of Global Change, and as a Congressional Fellow.
Throughout her career, Marja has also served as a member of the Department’s Leadership Roundtable, mentors incoming officers, and is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Born in the Netherlands, Marja was raised and educated in the United States. She earned her B.A. from the University of Southern California, her M.A. from the University of Washington, and completed post-graduate coursework at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. Marja is married and has two children.