Deputy Chief of Mission
Timothy A. Lenderking
Tim Lenderking is the new Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.
Prior to arriving in Riyadh, Mr. Lenderking served as the Director of the Pakistan Office at the Department of State from 2010-2013.
From 2008-2010, Mr. Lenderking completed two tours in Baghdad, the first as the Senior Democracy Advisor at the US Embassy, and the second as the Policy Advisor to LTG Charles Jacoby, Commanding General of Multi-National Forces Iraq (MNF-I), based at Camp Victory.
Before his Iraq tours, Mr. Lenderking served as the Economic Counselor and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at US Embassy Kuwait. He was also the Political Counselor at Embassy Rabat from 2002-2006.
Mr. Lenderking’s other tours in the Foreign Service include serving as the Special Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs Marc Grossman 2001-2002, as the Lebanon Desk Officer 2000-2001, and as a Watch Officer in the Operations Center. Mr. Lenderking also served in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and in Damascus, Syria.
Mr. Lenderking joined the Foreign Service in 1993 after a career in the refugee field, where he held numerous positions with American NGOs and with the United Nations in New York, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Thailand.
Mr. Lenderking received a Masters degree in History and International Relations from the University of Washington in 1989 and a Bachelors Degree with Honors from Wesleyan University in 1985. He is the recipient of seven Superior Honor Awards. He has two daughters, Hania and Philippa.
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