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Deputy Chief of Mission

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith, Deputy Chief of Mission U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon

Deputy Chief of Mission
U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon 

Matthew Smith’s service as Deputy Chief of Mission to Cameroon marks his fifth overseas diplomatic assignment as a career member of the United States Foreign Service.  His other assignments include First Secretary Director of the Iraq Support Unit in U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan (2009-2012); First Secretary Management Officer and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in U.S. Embassy Asmara, Eritrea (2007-2009); Second Secretary Vice Consul in U.S. Embassy Paris, France (2003-2005) and Third Secretary General Services Officer in U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon (2001-2003).  

The current assignment thus marks a happy return to where his diplomatic career began.   Domestic assignments have included two assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources, in the office of the Executive Director and in Career Development and Assignments.  His career with the United States Department of State began in May 2000 and he has earned a Superior Honor Award and six Meritorious Honor Awards.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Smith’s work included one year as a Volunteer In Service to America (VISTA) in Schenectady, New York’s Municipal Housing Authority where he went on to become an administrator and receive recognition from the State of New York for improving the lives of low income New Yorkers.  He also spent two years teaching English in Akita, Japan and seven years as a National Collegiate Athletic Association baseball umpire.

Mr. Smith earned a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in 2013.   He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Hofstra University.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York.