David Young is Deputy Chief of Mission, a role he had assumed since July 14, 2019. In this role, he assists the Chief of Mission in leading a team of 1,400 American and South African employees in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. The team works with our South African partners to advance our mutual goals of prosperity, shared trade and investment, health, development, security, and governance. From 2016 – 2019, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria and from 2013 – 2016 as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia.
A Foreign Service Officer for 30 years, Mr. Young was previously the Deputy Director of the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan; Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights; a Pearson Fellow in the House of Representatives; Public Affairs Officer at Embassy Guatemala; and Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom. He served as a political officer at the U.S. Embassies in Hanoi and Panama, as the desk officer for Burma, and for Oman and Bahrain, as UN General Assembly Coordinator, and as a Senior Watch Officer and a Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center.
Mr. Young graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He studied ecumenical studies at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He received a Master of Divinity degree in social ethics and a Master of Arts in international relations from Boston University.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, he and his wife, Diane Weisz Young, have two children, Paul and Sarah. He is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals, and has enjoyed coaching his kids in basketball over the years.