Mara Tekach, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor, is the Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Havana. From 2016-2018 she was Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Public Diplomacy for the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Prior to that, she was the DAS for Professional and Cultural Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), where she oversaw a broad range of professional, cultural, youth, and sports exchange programs. Previous tours include Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Mexico City; Deputy Director of Communications at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York; Press Attache in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
As an economic specialist during her early career, she served as Financial Officer in Moscow, Russia; and as a junior officer in Mauritania and Niger.
Her domestic assignments include Senior Desk Officer for Italy; Senior Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operations Center; and economic officer with both the United States Trade Representative and the Office of Monetary Affairs of the State Department’s Economic Bureau.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niamey, Niger. She speaks Spanish, Russian, French, and some Haitian Creole. Dr. Tekach holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. From Columbia University, she holds a Masters of Arts in International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs and a Doctor of Education, Teachers College. She is a recipient of the Swanee Hunt Award for Advancing Women’s Role in Policy Formulation.