Douglas Koneff became the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission on November 3, 2018. Mr. Koneff served as the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs for the U.S. Mission to Brazil since his arrival in July 2017.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Koneff was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Between 2009 and 2011, Mr. Koneff was the Deputy Executive Secretary on the National Security Staff in Washington, D.C. He has also served in the Executive Secretariat as the Department’s Crisis Management Coordinator, the Director of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management, a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer in the Department’s Operations Center, and a Special Assistant (Line Officer) to Secretaries of State Albright and Powell. His overseas assignments include U.S. Embassy Jakarta, U.S. Embassy Santiago, Chile, and Consulate Matamoros, Mexico.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Koneff was a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy, flying P-3 and EP-3 aircraft in the Pacific and European theaters. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C., where he received a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence.