Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Thomas M. Duffy
Thomas M. Duffy is the Chargé d’Affaires a.i., pending the arrival of the next Ambassador. A career State Department Senior Foreign Service Officer, Tom assumed duties as Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome in July 2016 and has served as Charge d’Affaires since August 2016. He arrived in Italy after serving on the faculty of the U.S. National War College in Washington DC, teaching courses on strategy and policy.
Much of Mr. Duffy’s career has focused on United Nations affairs. He served for four years in the UN Security Council and General Assembly as a member of the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York, and later for three years as the Director of the State Department’s Office of UN Political Affairs, responsible for supporting the U.S. Mission to the UN from Washington.
Mr. Duffy also served as the U.S. Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, acting as the senior U.S. Government representative in the western region of the country. Additional assignments include Political Advisor to the U.S. 5th Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, Political Chief and subsequently Deputy Consul General in Jerusalem, Deputy Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the then-newly opened U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq as well as tours in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Bogota, Colombia, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in Washington.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Duffy served in the U.S. Navy as a deck officer aboard a ship home-ported in Japan and as a strategist with the Navy Staff in the Pentagon. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. from the University of London. Mr. Duffy spent a year away from the State Department as a recipient of an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations.
A native of Long Beach, California, he is married to Anne Duffy; they have a son and a daughter.