Until the arrival of the new ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission Martin McDowell is serving as chargé d’affaires ad interim.
Martin McDowell joined the Foreign Service in 1998. Before his assignment as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, his previous overseas assignments include Slovakia, El Salvador, Moldova (2004-2007) and Slovenia.
In Washington, he served as the Special Assistant for Europe in the Office of the Undersecretary for Political Affairs, the Desk officer for Norway and Sweden, and most recently as the Deputy Director in the Office for Central European Affairs.
Born and raised in Alabama, Martin received a MA from the University of Alabama in 1996 and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2010. He is married and has two daughters.