Matthew Cassetta joined the U.S. Department of State in 1999, and is delighted to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazzaville, Congo. He previously held this position at the U.S. Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic. From 2013-2015 he served as U.S. Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, a multi-stakeholder platform of countries and institutions working to sustain tropical forest biodiversity by supporting inclusive development in 10 central African nations.
Prior to this, Matthew served as Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, and as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. From 2004-2006 Matthew was based in Libreville, Gabon, serving as Regional Environment Officer monitoring natural resource policy in 22 countries in West and Central Africa based. His first diplomatic postings were in Brasilia, Brazil and Managua, Nicaragua. Mr. Cassetta holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences from Bard College, New York, and speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish fluently.