Monique Quesada is a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Previously the U.S. Embassy’s Cultural Attaché in London (since 2011), Monique spent a year working as the Deputy U.S. Senior Civilian Representative for Western Afghanistan, and concurrently head of the Political and Economic Section for the new American Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan.
Since 1988, Monique has split her career between Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy assignments, serving mostly in Western Europe and North Africa. She speaks the following languages with varying degrees of fluency in French, Italian, Spanish, Dari, Arabic, Modern Greek and Portuguese. Monique’s family background personifies American “diversity”. Her father came to the U.S. as a student from the Philippines; her mother emigrated from the Netherlands; and Monique was born in Venezuela. She gained her U.S. citizenship when she was eight years old in Houston, Texas, grew up in Columbus, Ohio but now considers herself a resident of the great State of Florida.