Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Horst

Elizabeth Horst is Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia and a career Foreign Service Officer.

Prior to Tallinn, Elizabeth worked for International Media Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs, where she spearheaded the re-launch of the State Department’s flagship Russian language account @USApoRusski on Twitter and Facebook.

She served as Deputy Economic Counselor in Kyiv (2011-2014), where she managed a team focused on economic reform, anti-corruption efforts and advocacy for U.S. companies.  During the Maidan revolution and Russia-Crimea crisis, she led the Embassy’s interagency task forces.

Previous overseas assignments included the U.S. military Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Qalat, Zabul Province, Afghanistan; Moscow, Russia; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; and Lahore, Pakistan.  Her Washington assignments include the State Department Operations Center, and managing Afghanistan and Iraq training for U.S. government civilians at the Foreign Service Institute.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and German from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in Modern German History.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Niger, West Africa, and speaks German, Russian, French and Hausa. She is married to U.S. Army COL Jason P.Gresh.