Jeff Levine was nominated by President Obama as the next U.S. Ambassador to Estonia on Feb. 17, 2012, and confirmed by the Senate on March 29, 2012. He was sworn-in on July 24, 2012.
At the time of his nomination, Ambassador Levine had been the State Department’s director of Recruitment, Examination and Employment since September 2010. Prior to this position, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge’ d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary from 2007-2010.
Joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Ambassador Levine is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. In addition to his assignment in Hungary, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria and has also been posted to Brasilia, Brazil; Nicosia, Cyprus; Alexandria, Egypt; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Lima, Peru. At the Department of State, he served in the Operations Center, as desk officer for Hungary and as a special assistant to the Under Secretary for Management. He has received numerous Department of State awards as well as the Golden Laurel Medal, presented by the Government of Bulgaria.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Levine worked as a newspaper reporter for seven years and was a founding staff member of USA TODAY, one of the largest newspapers in the United States. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Humboldt and a Master’s degree in Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington DC. He has studied Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian and Hungarian and is currently taking Estonian lessons.