Louis L. Bono is the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, he previously served on the National Security Council and as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State and to the Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. He led the State Department’s Asia-Pacific Economic Policy Office during President Obama’s rebalance to the region and led the Regional Embassy Office in Basrah, Iraq, where he coordinated the return of security control to Iraqi authorities. His other postings include the U.S. Missions to the EU and the UN and the U.S. Embassies in Berlin and Islamabad.
He has received several State Department awards, including two for heroism and the Secretary’s Expeditionary Service Award. He earned an M.S. from the National Defense University, a J.D. from Pace University School of Law, and a B.A. from Manhattanville College. In 2011, he was elected chairperson of the APEC Economic Committee. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was an assistant attorney general in New York and served in the Army. He is currently a member of the Army Reserves and has served in the Office of the Army General Counsel and as an instructor at West Point. He and his wife have four children.