Ellen Germain is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She assumed her duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 14, 2018.
Her previous position was director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, and before that she was Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, Poland from 2012 to 2015. From 2008-2011 she was deputy political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, where she was responsible for issues relating to the Middle East, Asia, and non-proliferation.
Before that she served as deputy political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In Washington, Ms. Germain has also worked in the Office of Israel-Palestinian Affairs, the Office of Maghreb Affairs, and the Office of Russian Affairs. Her earlier overseas tours were Tel Aviv, London, and Moscow. She joined the Foreign Service in 1995.
Ms. Germain was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Hunter College High School and holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University, an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Germain worked as a computer programmer and then as a science journalist. She speaks Bosnian and Polish, and thinks she still remembers some French and Hebrew.