Matthew Lussenhop began his assignment as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Embassy of the United States to the Kingdom of Belgium in August 2016. He served as Chargé d’Affaires from January 2017 to July 2018.
Mr. Lussenhop is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, and has served his country as a Foreign Service Officer since 1990. He is the recipient of multiple State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Prior to his position in Belgium, Mr. Lussenhop was the DCM at the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Morocco from 2013-16, including ten months as the Chargé d’Affaires. He also served as Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan from 2010-11, overseeing all U.S. Government civilian public diplomacy and strategic communications activities there.
Other overseas assignments in his career include Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman; Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco; Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria; and Information Officer/Spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. His first assignment was to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
In Washington, D.C., Mr. Lussenhop has served as Arab Media Officer in the State Department’s Bureau of Near East and North African Affairs; Director of Public Diplomacy Training at the Foreign Service Institute, and Director of Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mr. Lussenhop is a native of Minnesota, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is married to fellow Foreign Service Officer Debra Benavidez, and they have two children.