Leslie Ordeman began his tenure as the Deputy Chief of Mission in February 2021. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Ordeman served as the Political/Economic Chief at U.S. Embassy Tripoli (Libya External Office (LEO), Tunis).
Before serving at the U.S. Embassy to Libya, he worked at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (2015-2019) where he led the team responsible for issues related to the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America at the United Nations Security Council. He has previously worked as the spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem (2012-2015), adviser to the State Department Spokesperson (2011), and Partnerships Officer in the office responsible for NATO Policy Planning (EUR/RPM, 2009-2011). He has also had assignments in Beirut (2007-2009), Paris (2004-2006) and Iraq (2003-2004).
Mr. Ordeman holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. Mr. Ordeman is the recipient of numerous State Department awards including Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards for his efforts to advance U.S. interests.