Alumni Profile

Lew Lukens, MPP 2003
Lew Lukens
Foreign Service Officer & Former U.S. Ambassador, U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassy, Senegal & Guinea-Bissau; Diplomat-in-Residence, University of California-Berkeley
MPP, Class of 2003
Lewis Lukens has been the US Ambassador to the Republics of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau since 2011.  In that capacity he provides executive leadership to the largest US Embassy in Francophone Africa.  Prior to this posting he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Executive Director of the State Department’s Executive Secretariat from 2008-2011, responsible for all logistical, fiscal, and travel support for Secretary Clinton and other State Department principals.  From 2005-2008 he served as US Consul General in Vancouver, British Columbia, managing the full range of US bilateral relations with Western Canada.  A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he has served also in Cote d’Ivoire, China, Australia, Ireland, and Iraq, as well as multiple tours in the State Department and the White House.