Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Nan N. Fife


Nan N. Fife

Nan Fife is serving as the acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Permanent Mission to International Organizations in Vienna. She began her assignment at the U.S. Mission as the Counselor for United Nations Affairs, leading a section that represents the United States in international organizations responsible for crime, corruption, drugs, space, and other issues.

Ms. Fife is a career diplomat in the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to her current assignment, she was director of the Export Control and Related Border Security program in the State Department’s International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau in 2013-2015. That program provided approximately $60 million annually in strategic trade controls assistance to more than 60 countries worldwide. Ms. Fife chaired the Inter-Agency Working Group for Nonproliferation Export and Border Control Assistance.

Ms. Fife previously served overseas as the Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassies in Canberra and Quito, as a political officer in Tokyo and Manila, and as a consular officer in Bogota. Other domestic State Department assignments focused on UN political issues, legislative affairs, Colombia, Korea, Southeast Asia, and orientation training for new personnel. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Fife worked as a legislative assistant for a Member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received a master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude from Miami University in Ohio.