Deputy Chief of Mission Mitch Benedict most recently served at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem where he was the Director of the International Law Enforcement and Narcotics Control (INL) program of security and justice sector assistance to the Palestinian Authority.
Immediately prior to his assignment in Jerusalem, Deputy Chief of Mission Benedict served at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Deputy Director of the Interagency Rule of Law office responsible for overseeing justice sector assistance grants and other programming.
Prior overseas assignments with the Department of State include Deputy Chief of Mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Political Counselor in Nairobi, Kenya, Human Rights Officer in Zagreb, Croatia, and Political/Counselor Officer in Lilongwe, Malawi. He has worked in the Bureau of European Affairs, Office of South Central Europe, covering Albania.
Deputy Chief of Mission Benedict joined the Foreign Service in 1999 with a background in international affairs, and significant experience as a Washington representative on foreign affairs issues, at the African Development Bank in Abidjan, and with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).