David J. Young
Deputy Chief of Mission
U.S. Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria
David J. Young has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria since July 2016. In this capacity, he assists the Ambassador in leading the U.S. Mission’s nearly 1,000 American and Nigerian employees in Abuja and Lagos to advance U.S. strategic goals in the areas of security cooperation, democracy and governance, economic growth and trade, and development and humanitarian assistance, among other areas. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia from 2013-16.
A Foreign Service Officer for 27 years, Mr. Young previously was Deputy Director of the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and he served briefly as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Khartoum, Sudan. Prior to this, he was 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.
Mr. Young also served as a political officer at Embassy Hanoi and Embassy Panama, as 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.