Mike Gonzales arrived in Kathmandu on August 4, 2016 as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States.
Prior to coming to Nepal, Mike served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Malawi from 2013-16, shepherding bilateral relations through an election crisis and corruption scandal while increasing U.S. assistance to the Southern African country.
As the Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassies in Harare, Zimbabwe and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mike led efforts toward promoting bilateral commercial linkages, protecting human rights, and broadening political space.
Mike’s previous assignments include service as the Horn of Africa Unit Chief in the State Department in Washington; Deputy Public Affairs Officer in Kampala, Uganda; Information Officer and Embassy Spokesman in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Environment, Science, and Technology Officer in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mike was an economic analyst with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a four-time recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award, and the 2009 recipient of the William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent from the American Foreign Service Association. Mike received a Master of Arts degree in international development from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College. He has studied Spanish, French, Italian, and Bengali. Mike is married to Carol Jenkins with whom he has two daughters.