Kent D. Logsdon is the Chief of Staff to Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment since September 30, 2019. Previously, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Energy Resources, and was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, serving as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. from January 2017 to May 2018.
Prior to Berlin, Kent was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and also served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Kent’s previous positions include Director of the Operations Center, Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has also served as Political Counselor in Kyiv, Ukraine; and held a variety of positions in Bangkok, Thailand; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Islamabad, Pakistan; and Stuttgart, Germany. Kent speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Thai, and German.
Kent is originally from Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame.