Biography

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Timothy J. Riley
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Director for High Threat Programs
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Term of Appointment: 06/20/2016 to present

Timothy J. Riley was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Director for High Threat Programs in June 2016. Mr. Riley is responsible for evaluating, managing, and mitigating the security threats, as well directing resource requirements at high-threat U.S. diplomatic missions.

Mr. Riley began his career with the Diplomatic Security Service in 1986 and is a member of the Senior Foreign Service.

Mr. Riley has served domestically and in foreign postings for 28 years. His assignments include the Washington Field office, Shift Leader on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Protective Detail; U.S. Embassy Mexico City; U.S. Embassy Guatemala City; U.S. Embassy Beirut; U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia; and Regional Security Officer and Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City. Mr. Riley served twice with the Office of Mobile Security Deployments, first as a team leader, followed by director and most recently served as Senior Regional Security Officer in Baghdad, Iraq.

Mr. Riley is a native of Indiana. After graduating from Indiana State University with a major in Criminology, he attended Oklahoma City University School of Law.