Michael Keller joined the Foreign Service in 1992. He has served as a U.S. diplomat overseas in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America, specializing primarily in economic issues. In Washington, he has worked in the State Department’s Operations Center, Office of Japanese Affairs, and as director of diplomatic economic training at the Foreign Service Institute. His most recent assignment was as Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Mr. Keller was born in New York but grew up in Virginia. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and German. He also holds a degree from the University of Virginia. His foreign languages are German, French, Spanish, and Cambodian. He is married with three children.
Career History with the U.S. Department of State:
- 1992-1993 Entrance into the Foreign Service and initial training
- 1993-1995 Tour at U.S. Embassy Bangui, Central African Republic, as General Services Officer (management) and Consular Officer (visas, passports, American citizen services)
- 1995-1997 Tour at U.S. Consulate Frankfurt as Consular officer (visas, passports, American citizen services) and Political Officer
- 1997-1998 Tour at State Department’s 24-hour crisis center — Operations Center, Washington DC as an Operations Officer
- 1998-2000 Tour on the State Department’s Japan Desk, Washington DC as a Political Officer covering Japan’s external relations
- 2000-2001 Course in economics at the Foreign Service Institute, Arlington Virginia
- 2001-2002 Language course in Cambodian at the Foreign Service Institute, Arlington Virginia
- 2002-2005 Tour at U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an Economic and Commercial Officer
- 2005-2008 Tour at U.S. Embassy Santiago, Chile as the Senior Economic Officer
- 2008-2011 Tour at the Foreign Service Institute as the Director of Economic and Commercial Studies
- 2012-2015 Tour at U.S. Embassy Paris as the Economic Counselor, responsible for all policy aspects of the U.S.-France economic relationship