A career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service, Win Dayton assumed his duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, in August 2019.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Dayton served in the Office of the Foreign Service Board of Examiners in Washington, D.C. He has served overseas as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Basra, Iraq, and as Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. His other overseas service includes assignments to the U.S. Embassies in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Honduras, and Ireland. Domestically, Mr. Dayton has served as Director of the Global Counter-ISIS Coalition Working Group, Director of Overseas Operations in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and Director of the Office of Transportation Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. He also served domestic tours in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Mr. Dayton is a graduate of the National Security Executive Leadership Seminar and is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. His languages include Turkish, Thai, and Spanish.
Before joining the Foreign Service in 1989, Mr. Dayton was an attorney in Dallas, Texas, for five years, and worked on Capitol Hill for a year. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Political Science from Amherst College. He is from McLean, Virginia, and has one daughter.