Natasha S. Franceschi Deputy Chief of Mission

Natasha Franceschi, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, began her tenure in Tunis as Deputy Chief of Mission in November 2021.  From April 2022 until February 2023, Ms. Franceschi served as Chargée d’Affaires ad interim.  She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Her previous assignments include Director of the State Department’s Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts, Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs; Deputy Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy Baghdad; and Deputy Political Advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO, where she oversaw NATO’s relationships with its partners in the Middle East and North Africa. She earlier served in various positions in Islamabad, Nur-Sultan, Sarajevo, Moscow, and in Washington in the State Department’s Bureaus of Near Eastern and Political-Military Affairs.

Ms. Franceschi was born and raised in Sonoma County, California.  She holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  She is the recipient of numerous U.S. State Department awards.