Chargé d’Affaires Courtney E. Austrian

Courtney E. Austrian is the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). A 25-year veteran of the U.S. diplomatic corps and member of the Senior Foreign Service, Courtney Austrian arrived in Vienna to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE in August 2020. She became Chargé of the U.S. Mission in January 2021.

Before joining the U.S. Mission to the OSCE, Ms. Austrian served as Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy London. Other overseas postings include Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Syria, and Haiti. In Washington, Ms. Austrian’s assignments have included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Information Programs; Director of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy for the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor; and staff positions in the office of the Secretary of State.

Ms. Austrian received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an MBA in Public and Non-Profit Administration from Boston University, and a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College.