Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller arrived in Vienna in August 2020 to serve as head of the Mission’s Political Section and became Acting Deputy in January 2021. Her previous posting was at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq where she served as the Deputy Principal Officer at a post with approximately 450 employees.
Before Erbil she served as head of the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. She has served two tours in Berlin, Germany: one as a Farsi Speaking Iran Watcher, and the second in the Embassy’s Political Section. She also served a tour as an Iran Watcher in the political section of the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil from 2012-2013. In Rome, Elisabeth served for one year on the NATO desk in the Italian Foreign Ministry as an exchange Diplomat from 2005-2006. She then served a tour at the U.S. Embassy in Rome in the Political-Military unit. From 2001-2003 Elisabeth served as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. Her first tour was a consular/political rotation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Domestically, she worked in the State Department’s Operations Center and as a Staff Assistant in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
Elisabeth is a career political officer and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1999. She is a graduate of the Hertie School of Governance with an Executive Masters in Public Policy and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Philosophy from McGill University. A native of New York, Elisabeth is married with two high-school age sons. Elisabeth serves on the Executive Board of AIS and her pastimes include skiing, hiking, and tennis.