Abigail L. Dressel assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique on August 28, 2019. Ms. Dressel comes to Maputo from Bogota, Colombia where she was the Counselor for Public Affairs, leading the United States Government’s press, cultural, and educational strategy throughout Colombia.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Dressel also served as the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Mission to Brazil and as the U.S. Consul to Minas Gerais where she directed the United States’ efforts to open up a new consulate. As the Director of the Office of International Media Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the Department of State, she led the Department of State’s outreach to major international media outlets. Ms. Dressel’s previous assignments include tours at the U.S. Embassies in Lisbon, Luanda, Lima and San Salvador. Before entering the Foreign Service, Ms. Dressel coordinated international development projects at Chemonics International.
Hailing originally from Wallingford, Connecticut, Ms. Dressel holds a B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University and certificates from the University of Buenos Aires and the University Complutense in Madrid. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.