Robin Dunnigan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for Central and Eastern Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She served previously as Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Austria from July 2018 to July 2021. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Ms. Dunnigan joined the State Department in 1992. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources from August 2014 to August 2017. In this role, she directed U.S. energy diplomacy to ensure that energy resources were used to promote sustainable global economic growth and stability and strengthen U.S. national security.
Ms. Dunnigan has also served at U.S. embassies in Vietnam, Chile, Turkey, Cuba and El Salvador, working extensively on trade and investment, energy, and sanctions issues. In Washington, Ms. Dunnigan’s assignments included Director for the Office of Europe, the Western Hemisphere and Africa in the Energy Bureau, as well as positions in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and on the staff of the Secretary of State in the Operations Center.
Ms. Dunnigan is a distinguished graduate of the National War College, where she earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. She also received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Dunnigan speaks Spanish, as well as some German, Turkish, and Vietnamese.