Amanda Jacobsen, who has been a career diplomat since 2006, joined U.S. Embassy Gaborone as the Deputy Chief of Mission in July 2021. Amanda has served most of her Foreign Service career overseas with tours in Togo, Nepal, Botswana, and Ethiopia focusing on humanitarian assistance and refugee resettlement; strengthening global health partnerships; youth empowerment; and capacity building of civil society, with a focus on the media. In Washington, DC she served as the Special Assistant to the former Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and as the Africa Bureau Spokesperson. Her most recent assignment was Public Affairs Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Amanda was an international educator in Juticalpa, Honduras and Puebla, Mexico and worked at the World Affairs Council in Seattle. She received her BA in International Political Economy and Spanish from the University of Puget Sound and her MA in International Relations from the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent. She speaks Spanish, French, and basic Nepali. Amanda has three exuberant teenagers and a toddler and is married to Cort Weber, a teacher. She hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin.