Jessica Long, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission Sudan since August 17, 2023. In the past, she has taken on the roles of Chargé d’Affaires at Embassy Windhoek and Deputy Chief of Mission in Windhoek the year before. Prior to that, she was the Counselor responsible for overseeing Political, Economic, and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement matters at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.
Throughout her career, Ms. Long has gained experience in various global locations including Israel, Chile, and as the Civilian leader of a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Paktika, Afghanistan. In the United States, she served as Desk Officer for Algeria and Tunisia, the Ecuador Desk Officer, and Deputy Director of the State Department’s Counterterrorism Policy for the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia. Notably, she received the State Department’s Replogle Award for Management Improvement for her work as the Foreign Policy Advisor at Naval Special Warfare Command.
Ms. Long is an alumna of Rice University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. Growing up as the child of U.S. Foreign Service Officers, she had the opportunity to travel extensively around the world. Her linguistic skills include proficiency in Spanish, French, Italian, Hebrew, Pashtu, and Albanian.