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Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Theodore Allegra
August 20, 2015

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim
U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations
Geneva, Switzerland

Theodore Allegra has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations  in Geneva since August 2015, and became Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in January 2017. He most recently served in Washington, D.C. as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs and, before that, as a Deputy Executive Secretary in the State Department Executive Secretariat.

Mr. Allegra entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1991 and was initially assigned to the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan. He then returned to Washington to work in the Executive Secretariat and, thereafter, in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. Other Washington assignments include director for regional affairs in the Office of Counterterrorism and deputy director of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island affairs. Overseas, Mr. Allegra has served as political chief at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and as deputy consul general in Manila, Philippines. From 2009-2011, Mr. Allegra returned to Cambodia as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires.

During his Foreign Service career, Mr. Allegra has received six individual Superior Honor Awards and has figured in four group Superior Honor Awards. He also received the 1998 Department of State Award for Exceptional Achievement in Human Rights and Democracy. His foreign languages are French and Khmer.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Allegra was a lawyer in Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.  He is married to Anita Allegra, also a Foreign Service Officer, and they have two teenaged sons.