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The Chargé d’Affaires ad interim

Beth L. Poisson

Deputy Chief of Mission Beth Poisson

Deputy Chief of Mission Beth Poisson

As Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Beth Poisson leads the Mission’s efforts to advance U.S. priorities at UNESCO and champion innovative, effective initiatives across the education, science, culture, and communication and information sectors of the Organization.  Ms. Poisson served as Deputy Chief of Mission during the tenure of former U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, David T. Killion, from August 2013 until his departure in December 2013.  

Prior to her arrival at the U.S. Mission to UNESCO, 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.