Deputy Chief of Mission David N. Richelsoph


David joined the U.S. State Department in May, 2000.  He assumed duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Port of Spain on July 11, 2019.

Prior to his current assignment, David was an assessor on the staff of the Foreign Service Board of Examiners in Washington, where he evaluated candidates for the U.S. Foreign Service.  His previous Washington assignments include Director of the Office of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (2016-18), Thailand country officer (2007-2009), and Nepal country officer (2005-2007).

David also has served at the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York as an Advisor focused on UN Security Council issues (2013-2015); at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan as Regional Coordinator for Regional Commands North & West (2012-2013); at the U.S. embassy in Cambodia as Chief of the Political-Economic Section (2010-2012); at the U.S. embassy in Norway as a political-economic officer (2003-2005); and at the U.S. embassy in India as a consular and political officer (2001-2003).

David is a native of Connecticut.  He holds an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College and a B.A. in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.