Christopher J. McMullen, Ph.D.
Christopher J. McMullen was confirmed on September 30, 2010, as the United States Ambassador to Angola. He recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he was Consul General in São Paulo, Brazil. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Panama. In addition to several Washington assignments, he served as a political officer in Nicaragua, Malaysia, El Salvador, Tanzania and Colombia.
Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ambassador McMullen was a senior analyst at the Pentagon and worked as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the Office of Senator John Glenn. He also taught Latin American history at Georgetown University and George Mason University.
Ambassador McMullen earned a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. His wife, Laurel, is a volunteer swimming coach for the Special Olympics. She also volunteers as an instructor in an adapted aquatics program for children and adults with special needs.