Catherine J. Westley is a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service. During her last assignment as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy to Yemen, she served as Chargé d’Affaires for 14 months. Her other overseas tours include U.S. Embassies in Sanaa, Ankara, Baghdad, and Cairo, as well as Arabic language study in Muscat. Her Washington assignments include Deputy Office Director for Levant Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Deputy Office Director for Nordic/Baltic Affairs, and Croatia Desk Officer. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Westley worked for a democratic development NGO. She earned a master’s degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College. She hails originally from the Chicago area.