Joseph Mussomeli was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia on October 29, 2010.
Ambassador Mussomeli entered the U.S. Foreign Service in September 1980. His first overseas posting was in Cairo, Egypt, as a general service officer (GSO). After that, he returned to Washington DC, where he worked at the Department of State as staff assistant to the Undersecretary for Security Assistance. His next overseas assignment was in Manila, Philippines, as a consular officer from 1984-1986, to which he would later return in 2002 as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM). Before that time, however, his tours included: North Korea Desk Officer (1986-1988), Senior Watch Officer (1989-1990), Economic Counselor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, (1990-1992), Inspector for the Office of Inspector General (1992-1994), Political Counselor in Rabat, Morocco (1995-1998), Deputy Chief of Mission in Manama, Bahrain (1998-2001), and as a member of the Senior Seminar (2001-2002). During his second tour in the Philippines as DCM, he served as Charge d'Affaires for a year while the Ambassador, Frank Ricciardone, was away. On June 24, 2005, the United States Senate confirmed him as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. After this, he served as Director of Human Resources/ELCDA at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, for one year, followed by a tour in Kabul, Afghanistan as Assistant Chief of Mission. Ambassador Mussomeli was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia on September 29, 2010.
Ambassador Mussomeli has received several awards including two Superior Honor Awards, one Group Superior Honor Award, and two Meritorious Honor Awards.
Ambassador Mussomeli graduated summa cum laude from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) in 1975, earning a BA in Political Science. In 1978, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.