David J. Young began his assignment as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia on March 2, 2020. He returns to Zambia, where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2013-2016, after an assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission in Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to his time in South Africa, Mr. Young served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria from July 2016-May 2019.
A Foreign Service Officer for 30 years, Mr. Young previously was 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. His other assignments include tours in Vietnam, Panama, the State Department Operations Center, and several country desks.
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.