February 9, 2023
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Ms. YAEL LEMPERT
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
Ms. Yael Lempert is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affair, and she previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary from August 2021 through May 2022. She is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, and served as Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission to the United Kingdom. Prior to her work in London, she was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and North Africa and a Senior Director for the Levant, Israel and Egypt at the National Security Council. PDAS Lempert also served as the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy in Libya, where she spent more than half of her tour as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, including during the February 2011 evacuation of the U.S. citizen community and Embassy personnel. Other previous assignments include tours in Shanghai, Egypt, and Iraq, as well as a stint as the Director for Iraq at the National Security Council, the office of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and the Department of State’s Bureau of Nonproliferation.
PDAS Lempert earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. She was awarded a Presidential Rank Award in 2019, and the National Security Council’s Outstanding Service Award in 2017.