Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie M. Tsou

Leslie Tsou began her tour of duty as Embassy Tel Aviv’s Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2016.

Prior to arriving in Israel, Ms. Tsou was the Senior Advisor on Iran in the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) Bureau from November 2014-August 2016.  She was Director of NEA’s Office of Iranian Affairs from September 2012-October 2014.  Ms. Tsou served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2011-2012.  She was Director of Arabian Gulf Affairs on the National Security Staff at the White House from 2010-2011.   She also served as the Deputy Director of NEA’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs for four months in 2010.

Ms. Tsou’s other overseas tours of duty include London, Tripoli, Kuwait City, and Warsaw.  Her domestic tours of duty include the UK desk, the Libya desk, the Tunisia desk, and several assignments in the Office of the Secretary of State.

A Northern Virginia native, Ms. Tsou is a graduate of Georgetown University.