Deputy Chief of Mission Louis L. Bono

Louis L. Bono is the Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.  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.  His other assignments include the director of the State Department’s Asia-Pacific Economic Policy Office during the rebalance to the region; the director of the Regional Embassy Office in Basrah, Iraq, where he oversaw the return of security control to Iraqi civilian authorities; and the head of the climate and energy section at the U.S. Mission to the EU.

Mr. Bono 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.  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 serves as an instructor at West Point, where he teaches international economics and international relations.  He and his wife have four children.