Timothy Smith began serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Gaborone in August 2015. Tim was previously Chief of the Political/Economic Section at Embassy Lusaka from 2011-2015 and focused on domestic politics, human rights issues, and trade promotion. While in Zambia, Tim served as the Chairperson of the Cooperating Partners Sector Group on Democracy and Governance. Tim was previously Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangui, Central African Republic, where he worked on national elections, rebel movements (including the Lord’s Resistance Army), and development issues. Tim also has experience in human rights, political-military affairs, religious freedom, small state challenges, and economic analysis and reporting.
Previous assignments include Senior Desk Officer for the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg in the Bureau of European Affairs, Embassy Managua (Deputy Chief for Political Affairs), Embassy Bridgetown (Political Officer and Vice Consul), and Embassy Panama (Political Officer and Vice Consul).Tim earned a B.A. in International Studies from Kalamazoo College and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Tim is married to Kelley Crowder Smith and they have three children – Lily, Gwen, and Owen.