Deputy Chief of Mission Annie Pforzheimer

Term of Appointment: September 2017  to present

Annie Pforzheimer assumed the duty of Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, in September 2017.

Ms. Pforzheimer, a career diplomat in the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, previously served in Embassy Kabul as the Political Counselor from 2009-2010.  Her other overseas postings include Colombia, South Africa, Turkey, El Salvador, and Mexico.  From 2015-2017, she was the Director of the Office of Andean Affairs in the Western Hemisphere bureau of the State Department, with policy oversight for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela during Colombia’s historic peace process.  Before this she served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Central America Strategy Implementation, responsible for coordinating the adoption and execution of the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America.

Ms. Pforzheimer has emphasized security sector, human rights and rule of law issues throughout her career.  From 2012-2014 Ms. Pforzheimer served as the Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section in Mexico where she managed a budget of $1.3 billion and spearheaded the renewal of security cooperation with Mexico following its suspension under the Pena Nieto administration.  She also led the office of UN Peacekeeping and Sanctions in the International Organizations bureau, with responsibility for policy and budget matters relating to several dozen peacekeeping  missions and sanctions regimes, and served as Director for the INL office of Civilian Police and Rule of Law.

Ms. Pforzheimer has a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University and a B.A. in History from Harvard University.  Over the course of her career she has earned numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor awards, and was the 2001 recipient of the State Department’s human rights award for her work in Turkey.  She is married with one son who currently attends college.