Deputy Chief of Mission
Beth L. Poisson
Beth Poisson assumed her duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to UNESCO on August 23, 2013. Prior to her arrival at the Mission, Ms. Poisson served as the Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where she directed the Department of State’s largest cultural, educational, and professional exchange program in Europe.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she has also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Global Issues in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, the Director of Strategic Communications in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, and as the Senior Advisor for Congressional and Public Affairs to the Assistant Secretary for Administration.
Her other diplomatic postings include: Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in London, Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Assistant Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and Assistant Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. Her foreign languages are French and Russian.
A native of California, Ms. Poisson is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and she received her M.A. from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.