Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Pennington

Joseph Pennington, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, is the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador on U.S. Assistance to Ukraine.  He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2015-18), Director of the Office of Iraq Affairs (2015), and Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (2013-15).  For his service in Erbil, Mr. Pennington received the Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy.

Mr. Pennington served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic (2010-13) and held the same position in Yerevan, Armenia (2007-10).  He worked as the U.S. Embassy Spokesman in Ankara, Turkey (2002-06), political-economic officer in Naples, Italy (2001-02), and headed the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2000-01).  He served as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo (1999-2000), and as political-economic officer at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey (1995-98), where his work was recognized with the Assistant Secretary’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Field of Human Rights and Democracy.  Mr. Pennington has also worked in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Mr. Pennington is married to Amberin Zaman, a journalist who currently works as the Senior Middle East Correspondent for the Washington-based media site “Al-Monitor.”