Deputy Chief of Mission
M. André Goodfriend
M. André Goodfriend has served as Deputy Chief of
Mission since August 2013. He previously
served as the Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria, from
August 2009 until the embassy suspended operations in February 2012.
Mr. Goodfriend is a member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States with the rank of Minister Counselor. He joined the Department of State in 1987 and was assigned as a Vice Consul and Political Officer to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, until July 1990. Mr. Goodfriend served as Vice Consul in New Delhi, India, from 1991 to 1993, and Consul in Moscow, Russia, from 1994 to 1997. In Washington, D.C. from 1997 until 2002, Mr. Goodfriend worked first on conflict prevention strategies within the International Organizations Bureau, and then, within the Bureau of Consular Affairs, he was responsible for the implementation of new technologies. From 2002 until 2004, Mr. Goodfriend served as a Regional Consular Officer providing policy and management guidance to consular officers in fifteen countries in Africa. From 2004 until 2008, Mr. Goodfriend served as the Consul in charge of the American Citizen Services section at the U.S. Embassy in London.
In 2012, the Department of State awarded Mr. Goodfriend the prestigious Mary Ryan Award for Outstanding Public Service.
Mr. Goodfriend was born in California and raised in Arizona. After receiving Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy, Classical Greek, French and Radio-Television from the University of Arizona, he completed Master’s studies in Communication at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, followed by doctoral research in London on governmental use of new media.
Mr. Goodfriend has studied Hungarian, Hebrew, French, Russian, Greek (classical and modern), Spanish, Hindi, Arabic and Yiddish.
He is married to Frances Goodfriend, and has three grown sons.
During a webchat on December 20, 2013, Chargé Goodfriend answered a wide range of questions submitted via Facebook and Twitter. Review the questions and answers on the Embassy Policy Blog!