Deputy Assistant Secretary Benjamin G. Ziff was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in July 2015. In this capacity, he is responsible for relations with the Nordic and Baltic countries, and manages the European Public Diplomacy portfolio.
Prior to this position, Ben served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. He joined the Foreign Service in 1988, and in the early years of his career worked in public diplomacy positions in Australia, Israel, Panama, and Peru. After a year at the National War College in Washington, DC, Ben served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs in the Western Hemisphere Bureau before taking a series of senior public diplomacy positions in Venezuela, Italy, and Iraq.
A native of California, Ben received his B.A. in Political Science from the California State University at Long Beach, his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College. He is a recipient of the Department of State’s Murrow Award for Public Diplomacy, and speaks Spanish, Hebrew, and Italian