Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz has served 15 years in the State Department. Before arriving in Tirana in July 2015, he served as Deputy Director for the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs. Previous assignments include Deputy Principal Officer and Head of Political Section at the U.S. Consulate in Kirkuk, Iraq, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Political-Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro, and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo. Additionally, he has served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Yekaterinburg, Russia. Mr. Muniz speaks Albanian, Serbo-Croatian and Russian.
Mr. Muniz is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. He also holds an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
He is the recipient of numerous State Department awards, including several Superior Honor Awards and Meritorious Honor Awards.
He is accompanied in Tirana by his wife Oksana Muniz, his daughter Madeleine, and his son Zachary.