Lisa Johnson was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia on November 21, 2017. Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Johnson served as Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas, from 2014 to 2017.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, Ambassador Johnson was Director of the Office of Africa and the Middle East in the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs from 2012-2014. She served in the Office of the Vice President as Senior Advisor for South and Central Asia from 2011-2012. Earlier Washington assignments included National Security Council Director for Middle East Affairs and Deputy Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs. Her overseas diplomatic postings were Luanda, Pretoria, Beirut, and Islamabad, and a secondment to the Office of the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels.
Ambassador Johnson is from Seattle, Washington, and graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. degree in Political Science and Economics. She obtained a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and an M.S. degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.