Jessica Long is a career member of the Foreign Service and has served as Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek since July 2, 2021. She served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Windhoek from August 31, 2020 to July 2, 2021. Prior to arriving in Windhoek, she served as Counselor for the Political, Economic, and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement portfolios at U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo. Jess has also served abroad in Israel, Chile, as the Civilian leader of a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Paktika, Afghanistan. In the United States, she served on assignments as the Desk Officer for Algeria and Tunisia, the Ecuador Desk Officer, and Deputy Director of the State Department’s Counterterrorism Policy for the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia. Jess also served as the State Department’s Foreign Policy Advisor at Naval Special Warfare Command.
She is a graduate of Rice University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. Jess grew up as the child of U.S. Foreign Service Officers, traveling around the world. She is joined in Namibia by her husband, a retired Navy Chief, and by two cats and two dogs.