Deputy Chief of Mission
Uzra Zeya, Deputy Chief of Mission
Uzra Zeya is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. In this role, she supports the Ambassador in leading the U.S. Mission to France, promoting a close and productive U.S.-French alliance and furthering the longstanding friendship between the French and American people. The U.S. Mission is staffed by nearly 1,000 employees, from over 40 U.S. government departments and agencies, who work in Paris and at constituent posts in Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Rennes, Strasbourg, and Toulouse.
Ms. Zeya served previously as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) from 2012 to 2014. Her responsibilities for the DRL Bureau included oversight of operations and assistance programs, and ensuring that the bureau’s diplomacy, public outreach, and foreign assistance efforts support the President’s and Secretary’s foreign policy goals.
Ms. Zeya has over two decades of policy experience in the Department, where she has focused on the Near East and South Asia regions, U.S.-French relations, and multilateral affairs. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Ms. Zeya’s overseas assignments have included New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston, as well as two previous tours in Paris, from 1993 to 1995 and 2003 to 2006. Ms. Zeya served more recently as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State, where she supported a range of policy initiatives, ranging from the U.S. response to transitions in the Middle East to deepening engagement with emerging global powers. Prior to that, she served as a Deputy Executive Secretary to Secretaries Rice and Clinton, as Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, and as UN General Assembly Coordinator for the International Organizations bureau.