Abigail L. Dressel became Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 1, 2022. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, from 2019 to 2022, where she managed day-to-day U.S. diplomatic activities in Mozambique including overseeing over $500 million in annual assistance.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Ms. Dressel was the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassies in Colombia (2017-2019) and Brazil (2014-2017), where she led public diplomacy and press aspects of the bilateral relationship and served as the co-president of Fulbright’s Board of Directors. She also served in Brazil as the U.S. Consul to Minas Gerais. As the Director of the Office of International Media Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the Department of State, Ms. Dressel led the Department of State’s outreach to major international media outlets. Her previous assignments include tours at the U.S. Embassies in Lisbon, Luanda, Lima, and San Salvador. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Dressel worked in international development.
A native of Wallingford, Connecticut, Ms. Dressel holds a B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University. She studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires and the University Complutense in Madrid. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. She is married and has two children.