Chargé D'Affaires, a.i. Josie Ratcliffe
On August 29, 2021, Josie Ratcliffe assumed the position of Charge d’Affaires for the U.S. Mission to Chad. As the permanent Deputy Chief of Mission assigned to Chad, CDA Ratcliffe will serve in N’Djamena for two years. Prior to her arrival, CDA Ratcliffe served in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as the Acting-Deputy Chief of Mission and Management Counselor. A career diplomat since 2003, CDA Ratcliffe has served in Islamabad, Pakistan; Kurdistan, Iraq; Beijing, China; Montreal, Quebec; Rabat, Morocco; Charleston, South Carolina; and Kigali, Rwanda. CDA Ratcliffe’s roles have included external and provincial politics, economic development, crisis management, finance, and executive oversight of U.S. missions. She brings with her experience in connecting societies through development opportunities, such as through bi-lateral partnerships linking science and technology sectors.
Before joining the State Department, CDA Ratcliffe worked in the journalism field and published Namaste Cata-mag, an entrepreneurial magazine in Hong Kong promoting women’s empowerment and activism in East Asia. She holds an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA in Political Science from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois. Languages include French and Chinese.