Deputy Chief of Mission
Mike Gonzales arrived in Lilongwe on August 11, 2013 as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. He is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service and a specialist in African Affairs.
Prior to coming to Malawi, Mike was the Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe where he led efforts toward promoting U.S.-Zimbabwe commercial linkages and expanding relations with the unity government established under the Global Political Agreement. Mike previously served as the Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the turbulent post-2005 election period. In that role, Mike coordinated closely on bilateral security collaboration affecting the Horn of Africa while also engaging actively in opening Ethiopia’s political space and the protection of human rights.
Mike’s previous assignments include service as the Horn of Africa Unit Chief in the State Department in Washington; Deputy Public Affairs Officer in Kampala, Uganda; Information Officer and Embassy Spokesman in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Environment, Science, and Technology Officer in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mike was an economic analyst with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a three-time recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award, and the 2009 recipient of the William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent from the American Foreign Service Association. Mike received a Master of Arts degree in international development from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College. At both institutions, he specialized in African Studies. He speaks Spanish, and has studied French, Italian, and Bengali. Mike is married to Carol Jenkins with whom he has two daughters.