Deb Lynn returned to the U.S. Embassy Rangoon and assumed her duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission in October 2021 after having previously served there as the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) from August 2019 until November 2020.
In the interim, as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources of the Under Secretary of the Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, she mentored and coached Public Diplomacy Officers around the globe on strategic planning and implementing the Public Diplomacy Staffing initiative.
Prior to that, Deb served as the Deputy Director of the Africa Office at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations from April 2016-January 2017, then as Acting Director until April 2018. Other overseas diplomatic assignments include managing public diplomacy programs in Indonesia, Kabul, Afghanistan, and Russia. She was also detailed to the International Staff at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium to serve as the Senior Media Operations Officer for Afghanistan Issues. In Washington, she managed the press and outreach functions of the State Department’s refugee bureau. Additionally, she served consular tours in Tbilisi, Georgia; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Frankfurt, Germany. She is proficient in Bahasa Indonesia, Russian, and German. She has received the Department’s Superior Honor Award four times.