JoAnne Wagner assumed her position as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the United States Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on September 4, 2019. A career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service, she most recently led the United States Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan, as Consul General. Prior to her assignment in Pakistan, she served as a member of the Board of Examiners, helping to select the next generation of U.S. diplomats, and as the U.S. Assistance Coordinator in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she was responsible for coordinating U.S. government support activities with the Government of Ukraine and other donors.
Ms. Wagner previously served as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the European Union; Deputy Director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs in Washington; Deputy Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi. She has also served overseas at USNATO in Brussels, Belgium; U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom; and U.S. Consulate General Krakow, Poland.
DCM Wagner has a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College of the National Defense University. She is a fan of Broadway musicals and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and is an occasional amateur composer, whose first piece, a Christmas carol, debuted at Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts with a 100-voice choir and full symphony orchestra.