Leslie M. Tsou
Deputy Chief of Mission
08/2016 – Present
Leslie Tsou began her tour in Israel in August 2016 as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at then-Embassy Tel Aviv. She became the very first DCM at Embassy Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, when the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and officially moved its embassy there.
Prior to arriving in Israel, Ms. Tsou was the Senior Advisor on Iran in the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) Bureau from 2014-2016. She was Director of NEA’s Office of Iranian Affairs from 2012-2014. 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.
Ms. Tsou’s other overseas tours of duty include Warsaw, Kuwait, Tripoli, and London. 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.