Lawrence Randolph is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Algeria. He arrived in Algiers in June 2016 from Frankfurt, Germany, where he was Public Affairs Section Chief. Before moving to Frankfurt, he spent a year in Kabul, Afghanistan leading the External Affairs Unit of the Political Section at the embassy that was responsible for reporting on Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbors, donors, and multilateral organizations. He was also part of a small team of diplomats and military officers charged with negotiating a Bilateral Security Agreement between the U.S. and the Afghan governments.
Prior to Afghanistan, he worked as a Special Assistant in the office of both Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry. He also served a year as a Special Assistant in the office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, advising the Under Secretary on public diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. He spent two years in Algiers, Algeria before his assignments in Washington. As the head of the Public Affairs Section, Lawrence managed a staff of Americans and Algerians that increased the American foot-print both in programmatic and media/public relations terms.
Lawrence’s first assignment was in Cairo, Egypt where he managed the Immigrant Visa Section for one year and worked as Staff Assistant to Ambassador Francis Ricciardone for a year. After Cairo, he moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as a reporting officer focusing on human rights and economic issues. He then served in the Operations Center of the State Department where he was one of 20 officers responsible for briefing and alerting then Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and other senior officials on breaking foreign affairs matters.
He has done temporary duty assignments in Libya, Syria, Brazil, and Mozambique.
He graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in International Studies and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University. After four years at the State Department, Lawrence spent a year studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo. He is a native of Boston, MA and is married to Helge Lehnhof, a German/Greek national. He speaks German, Arabic, Spanish and French.