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About the Assistant Secretary

Michele Thoren Bond

Acting Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Consular Affairs

April 2014 to Present

Michele Thoren Bond has been the Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs since April 2014, having joined the Bureau as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in December 2012.  She previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, and before that as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs.  Ambassador Bond is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with more than 35 years of experience in Europe, Africa and Latin America.  She served as Consul General in Amsterdam, and has also served at U.S. Embassies in Guatemala City, Belgrade, Prague and Moscow.  Washington assignments have included service as Director of Consular Affairs’ Office of Public Outreach, Director of Consular Training at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.   

Ambassador Bond received the Mary A. Ryan Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2010.

An honors graduate of Wellesley College, Ambassador Bond earned Masters degrees at Georgetown University and the National War College.   She is married to Clifford G. Bond, a retired Foreign Service Officer and former Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina.   They have four children.

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