Ambassador Michael Kozak is a charter member of the career Senior Executive Service of the United States Government. As such, he has served in a number of senior positions in the U.S. Executive Branch:
Senior Official for the Office of Global Criminal Justice (Jan. 2021 – Present).
Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2019-2021)
Senior Bureau Official for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (2017-2019).
Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights and International Organizations, National Security Council Staff (2005-2009)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State level positions in three bureaus of the Department of State. (Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 2003-2005; Inter-American Affairs 1988-1991; Legal Adviser 1982-1988).
Ambassador in Minsk, Belarus (2000-2003), and Chief of Mission in Havana, Cuba (1996-1999).
Awards: State Department Superior Honor Award, Younger Federal Lawyer Award, Presidential Ranks of Distinguished and Meritorious Executive, Order of Balboa (presented by the president of Panama).
Education: Juris Doctor, University of California at Berkeley, 1971 (Assistant Managing Editor, Law Review), A.B., Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1968.