Being an American diplomat
Mario Mesquita is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Austria. Previously, he served as the Chargé d’affaires ad interim from July 2021 to January 2022. Mesquita joined the US State Department in 1998 as a career diplomat in the senior field service. Most recently, he worked as Executive Vice President for Visa Services at the Office of Consular Affairs, where he worked from 2018 to 2020.His previous assignments included serving as country coordinator for visas in Mexico City from 2015 to 2018 and as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy to the Holy See from 2011 to 2014. He has also served at the US embassies in Prague, Warsaw and Bogota active. In Washington, Mesquita worked for the Secretary of State as Deputy Director of Staff of the Executive Secretariat, Senior Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operations Center and Office of European and Eurasian Affairs. Originally from Sacramento, California, Mario Mesquita is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, where he studied political science. He speaks German, Spanish and Italian as well as some Czech and Polish.