Deputy Chief of Mission Petra Zabriskie

Term of Assignment: 7/2015 to 7/2017

Ms. Zabriskie, a career member of the Foreign Service, has worked for the Department of State since 1998.  She is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Zabriskie was on detail to U.S. Africa Command’s Outreach Directorate as a Foreign Policy Advisor where she was responsible for advising on foreign policy matters and engagement with African security stakeholders.  Ms. Zabriskie spent a year earning a Master’s degree in Strategy and Campaign Planning at the National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School before joining the team at U.S. Africa Command.

Ms. Zabriskie’s previous tours include:  Human Resources Officer at U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, General Services and Contracting Officer at U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Vice Consul and Ambassador’s Staff Assistant at U.S. Embassy Bogota, Human Resources in the State Department’s Bureau of European Affairs Executive Office, Information Management at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Refugee Affairs at U.S. Embassy Nairobi, and Narcotics Affairs at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown.

In addition to her Master’s degree, Ms. Zabriskie has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a triple major Associate’s degree.  She has received numerous Department of State awards, including Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.  She speaks Spanish fluently, has a basic working knowledge of Serbian, limited French and is learning German.