Joel Reifman became Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh in May 2017. Most recently, he served at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. as a Senior Level Career Development Officer and, previously, as a Liaison Officer for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Mr. Reifman’s prior overseas assignments include Senior Deputy Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Asmara, Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader in Iraq’s western Anbar province, and Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassies in Panama and Islamabad. He also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Aviation Negotiations in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, and as a Pearson Fellow in the Office of Senator Joseph Lieberman.
Prior to joining the State Department, Joel was an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a BA in English literature from the University of Michigan and a JD from Southern Methodist University.