Jennifer “J.R.” Littlejohn assumed her duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia on July 15, 2019. She is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, most recently serving as a senior advisor on the Secretary of State’s Executive Staff. Prior to that she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste.
In Washington, Ms. Littlejohn served as the Director for Central and Northern European Affairs on the National Security Council staff at the White House; the Director for Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; and Special Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns. Earlier in her career she served as a Staff Officer in the Office of the Secretary of State supporting Secretaries Rice and Clinton. Her overseas tours include postings in Germany, Thailand, Brazil, and Afghanistan.
Ms. Littlejohn holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University; an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University; and a B.A. in Political Science from Morgan State University. She has studied German, Macedonian, Portuguese, and Thai, and is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2002, Ms. Littlejohn was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar, both in Germany. She is married to Gergely Arany.