Deputy Chief of Mission
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. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States Department of State, and holds the rank of Counselor. His other assignments include First Secretary and Director of the Iraq Support Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan (2009-2012); First Secretary and Management Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea (2007-2009); Second Secretary and Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France (2003-2005); and Third Secretary and General Services Officer at the U.S. Embassy in 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 two Superior Honor Awards 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, and was born in Brooklyn, New York.