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Acting Deputy Chief of Mission

Allison Areias-Vogel, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission

Allison assumed the role of Acting Deputy Chief of Mission December 6, 2014. She arrived in Colombo as Counselor for Economic & Commercial Affairs in September 2012, following three years as the Trade Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and an academic year at France’s Ecole National d’Administration in Strasbourg.  Prior to France, she served as the Chief of the Refugee Section in Kabul, Afghanistan, and two years as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the State Department and an Advance Officer for the Secretary of State.  She has also worked in the State Department Economic Bureau’s Office of Intellectual Property and Enforcement, and as a consular and economic officer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Allison was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Wildlife and Marine Resources Division, and has worked at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office of Trade and the Environment, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of General Counsel.  She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. 

Allison has a diploma from the Ecole National d’Administration in France, a law degree from the University of California at Davis, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara.