Deputy Chief of Mission
Benjamin Ziff is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. He recently completed a one-year assignment as Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
After joining the Foreign Service in 1988, he began his Foreign Service career in Canberra, Australia in the U.S. Embassy's press section. He subsequently served as Assistant Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, moved on to be the Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, and returned to the Middle East as the Director of the American Center in Jerusalem.
Mr. Ziff then served at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, before spending a year at the National War College in Washington, DC. After a tour in the Department of State as Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs, Mr. Ziff served in Caracas, Venezuela as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy. He then transferred to Rome, Italy where he spent three years as Counselor for Public Affairs.
A native of California, Ben Ziff received his B.A. in Political Science from the California State University at Long Beach, his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College. Mr. Ziff is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. He is married to Anat Ziff, an organizational consultant. They have two children.