Category: Diverse Diplomacy, Events, Featured News

Title: Event | A Conversation with Ambassador-Nominee Jennifer Gavito

A Conversation with Jennifer Gavito
Ambassador-Nominee to Libya

Date: Friday, March 22nd
Time: 1 PM – 2 PM EST
Location: Zoom



Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Gavito, Ambassador-nominee to Libya, who will share her thoughts on diversity at the Department of State and offer advice for a successful career in foreign policy.

The Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series connects current and former career Foreign and Civil Service Officers with those considering or entering careers in foreign policy. This event is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service.

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This event will have live closed captioning.


Jennifer Gavito is currently the Ambassador-nominee to Libya. Prior to her ambassadorial nomination, Gavito was the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; her term ended on July 28, 2023. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran, Iraq, and Public Diplomacy from August 2021 to May 2023. Prior to taking on that role she served as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London. From 2015-2018, she was the U.S. Consul General in Munich, Germany, where she was the senior U.S. government representative to Bavaria. She previously served as Chief of the Political Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem from 2012-2015 and as the Foreign Affairs Policy Advisor to the U.S. Africa Command’s Director for Plans, Policies, and Programs (J5) from 2011-2012. Gavito has spent the majority of her Foreign Service career working in and on the Middle East. Previous assignments have included: Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai; Director for Syria and Lebanon on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House; Deputy Director of the Maghreb Affairs Office in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Libya Desk Officer; and as head of the Economic/Commercial section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Early assignments were at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua and at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. Before joining the State Department in 1998, she worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury as an Economic Analyst. Gavito attended American University in Washington, D.C. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but now calls Colorado home. She is married and has two sons.