Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of MinisterCounselor, was nominated by President Obama to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya in March 2013. She was confirmed by the Senate in May 2013. Ambassador Jones served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute from August 2012 to March 2013. Prior to that she was detailed as Senior Faculty Advisor for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Ms Jones served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait from 2008 to 2011 and as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey from 2005 to 2007. Additional overseas assignments include posts in Argentina, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Ethiopia (with regional responsibility for Eritrea, Djibouti and the Sudan), and the United Arab Emirates. Additional Washington assignments with the State Department include the Secretariat's Seventh Floor Operations Center, as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near East and South Asian Affairs, Acting Public Affairs Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, Jordan Desk Officer, Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs and Iran, and the Board of Examiners.
Ambassador Jones joined the Department of State in 1982. She received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University and is a "Distinguished Graduate" of the National War College, National Defense University, with a Master's Degree in National Security Strategy