Leyla Moses-Ones began her diplomatic career as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State in July 2001. Since then, she has served in the positions of: consular officer in San Jose, Costa Rica; political officer in Maputo, Mozambique; Watch Officer at the Operations Center; Deputy Principal Officer in Adana, Turkey; Public Affairs Officer in Munich, Germany; and Deputy Director of the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs’ Office of Policy and Global Issues (EUR/PGI) in Washington, D.C. In addition, prior to joining EUR/PGI in 2015, Leyla was a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University, earning a Master’s Degree in National Security and Defense Resource Strategy. She arrived in Tirana in August 2018 to begin a three-year assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Leyla worked for five years in legislative affairs and public relations in Washington, D.C.
She studied international law, relations, and organizations at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; European Studies at the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, Spain; and National Security Studies at the Eisenhower School. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, German, and Albanian. She is the mother of three children, and her husband is an executive leadership coach and retired U.S. Navy captain.