Ambassador Michele Thoren Bond was appointed as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in December 2012.
Michele Thoren Bond has been the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs since December 2012. She is a former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1977, Ambassador Bond has also served in Guatemala City, Belgrade, Prague, Moscow, and as Principal Officer in Amsterdam. Much of her career has focused on strengthening the Department's ability to assist U.S. citizens overseas, and on issues related to intercountry adoption. Washington assignments have included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services, Director of Consular Affairs’ Office of Public Outreach, and Director of Consular Training at the Foreign Service Institute.
Ambassador Bond received a Presidential Award for Meritorious Service in 2013, and the Mary A. Ryan Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2010. She and her team at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow received a national Public Service award in 1998 for their initiatives in support of adoptions in Russia and seven other formerly Soviet nations.
An honors graduate of Wellesley College, Ambassador Bond earned Masters degrees at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the National War College. Her husband, Clifford G. Bond, is a retired Foreign Service Officer and former Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. She speaks Spanish, French, Serbian, and Swedish.