Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie Freriksen

Headshot Leslie Eriksen

A career member of the Foreign Service, Ms. Freriksen is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission in Asmara, Eritrea. Her most recent assignment was at the Foreign Service Institute, where she served as the Director of the Economic and Commercial Studies Division since 2020.  An economic-coned officer, Ms. Freriksen previously served overseas in both Luxembourg and Montenegro as the Political and Economic Counselor, as well as Switzerland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Slovakia. She also worked in the European Bureau’s Office for the European Union and European Regional Affairs, for which she received the State Department’s Rockwell Anthony Schnabel Award for Advancing U.S.-EU Relations.  Ms. Freriksen has a juris doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and an undergraduate degree in finance from Northern Arizona University.