Christy M. Watkins, a career member of the Foreign Service, has been Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, since May 2020. She most recently served in Washington, D.C., as the Spokesperson for the Bureau of African Affairs.
Ms. Watkins has had a variety of postings in Washington and overseas. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, where her team worked on strategic planning and communications efforts to promote economic growth.
Prior to that, Ms. Watkins was the Public Affairs Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Her other postings include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Djibouti, as well as service as a Refugee Officer for the Horn of Africa in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in Washington.
Ms. Watkins holds a B.A.in English Language and Literature from George Mason University and an M.S. in International Relations and Affairs from Troy University. In addition to Spanish, Ms. Watkins speaks French and Arabic. She has two children.