Linnisa Wahid is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka. She recently completed her assignment as the Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica where she also served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and temporarily as the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Previously Linnisa served as the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. She is the former Coordinator for the Political/Economic Tradecraft Course at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute where she taught political and economic diplomatic tradecraft. She also served as a political officer in Sudan, Cameroon, and Jordan, as well as the Senior Sudan Desk Officer at the Department of State. Originally from Washington D.C. and the daughter of Sierra Leonean immigrants, Linnisa speaks Arabic and French. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. Linnisa enjoys bad reality television and reading.