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Deputy Chief of Mission, Jeff Daigle

Jeff Daigle has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia since late June 2011.  Prior to his current assignment, he served for two years as the Public Diplomacy Policy and Coordination Officer for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  This assignment followed a one year posting as the Public Diplomacy Officer for the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq.

Jeff joined the U.S. Foreign Service in March 1999 and was tenured in the career service in 2002.  He has also served as the Public Affairs Officer at Embassy Phnom Penh (2005-2008), as Consul at Embassy Paris (2002-2004), as a Reporting Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York for the 56th U.N. General Assembly (2001), and as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer at Embassy Abuja (1999-2001).

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Jeff held a variety of positions.  He was the Executive Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1988-1989; a performer and facilitator of professional development programs at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from 1989-1996; an English teacher in Chiba City, Japan from 1996-1997; and a Regional Corporate Trainer for Hibernia National Bank in Baton Rouge from 1998-1999.

Jeff earned a B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 1987.  He speaks French and Khmer and is the recipient of two individual Meritorious Honor Awards and three individual Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State.