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Arrival of Ambassador Lisa A. Johnson in Lebanon
January 11, 2024

U.S. Embassy Beirut is pleased to announce the January 11 arrival of Ambassador Lisa A. Johnson in Lebanon.  Ambassador Johnson is a former U.S. Ambassador to Namibia and more recently held leadership positions in the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement in Washington. 

On her arrival, Ambassador Johnson said, “It is an honor and a pleasure to return to Lebanon, where I served previously from 2002 to 2004, to lead the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.  This is a difficult time, and I appreciate the significance of the challenges Lebanon faces.  At the same time, I have a deep admiration for the vibrancy of the Lebanese people and confidence in Lebanon’s ability to succeed.  Now more than ever, it is time for Lebanon to find a sense of unity and purpose in the common desire of all its people for peace, prosperity, and a brighter future.” 

Below is Ambassador Johnson’s official biography: 

Lisa A. Johnson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic on December 14, 2023.  She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia from 2018-2021 and Chargé d’Affaires in Nassau, The Bahamas from 2014-2017. 

Prior to her current appointment, Ambassador Johnson was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and INL Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Asia.  She also served for short time as Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College.  

Ambassador Johnson’s earlier Washington, D.C. assignments included Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC); Senior Advisor for South and Central Asia in the Office of the Vice President; and Director of INL’s Office for Africa and the Middle East.  Her other overseas postings were Islamabad, Pakistan; Beirut, Lebanon; Pretoria, South Africa; and Luanda, Angola.  She also was seconded to the Office of the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels.   

Born in Iowa City, Ambassador Johnson grew up near Seattle, Washington.  She graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. degree in Political Science and Economics and earned a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and an M.S. degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.  Ambassador Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2023 and is the recipient of seven Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards.