Theodore Allegra is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. He currently serves as acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was a Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of State from 2011-2013, serving under both Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry.
From 2009-2011, Mr. Allegra was Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, responsible for foreign policy issue and management of 120 Americans and 600 local staff across twelve U.S. government agencies. Before that, he was Director for Regional Affairs in the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism, where he formulated strategies in various theaters of terrorist operations worldwide. Earlier, he was Deputy Director of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island Affairs, charged with managing U.S. foreign policy in countries ranging from Australia to the micro-states of the Pacific, including three former U.S. trust territories.
Mr. Allegra entered the Foreign Service in 1991 and was assigned for two years to the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan. He then returned to Washington to work in the State Department’s Executive Secretariat and in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, where he formulated U.S. policy on Hong Kong in the run-up to its reversion to Chinese sovereignty. He then served overseas as political section chief at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and as deputy consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, where he managed a series of terrorism and kidnapping crises involving Americans.
During his Foreign Service career, Mr. Allegra has received six individual Superior Honor Awards and has figured in four group superior Honor Awards. He also received the 1998 Department of State Award for Exceptional Achievement in Human Rights and Democracy.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Allegra was a lawyer in Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.