Richard Mills, Jr. assumed his position as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Ottawa in November 2018.
Mr. Mills, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from 2015-2018. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon from 2012-2014, and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Valetta, Malta from 2010-2012.
Mr. Mills, who joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1988, has also served as the Senior Democracy Advisor at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy London, and as a Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, among other assignments.
Immediately prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Mills was an Associate Attorney with the firm of Duncan, Allen and Mitchell in Washington, D.C. (1984-1987).
Mr. Mills earned a B.A. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. in 1981, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas in 1984, and a M.S. in National Security Policy from the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. in 2005. He was a nominee for the State Department’s Deputy Chief of Mission of the Year Award in 2012 and has received nine Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State during his career. He speaks French and conversational Russian.
Mr. Mills’ spouse, Ms. Leigh Carter, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, retired from the Service in 2010 after a 25-year diplomatic career.