John C. Law arrived in Poland in July 2015 and serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. He entered the diplomatic service in 1990.
Prior to coming to Warsaw, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Panama (2011-2014), coordinating the work of the over 25 U.S. government agencies active there. Previously he worked at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul as State Department Director of the civilian inter-agency Provincial Reconstruction Teams, overseeing the work of more than 400 officers stationed at over 70 sites throughout Afghanistan. Before that, he was Counselor for Public Affairs and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Prague, Czech Republic (2008-2010), and Embassy Press Spokesman in Madrid, Spain (2003-2007) and Caracas, Venezuela (1999-2003). His other diplomatic postings include Santiago, Chile; Taegu, Korea and Seoul, Korea. He speaks Polish, Spanish, Korean, French and Czech.
He has a master’s degree in English literature with undergraduate studies in literature, philosophy and aeronautical engineering. He is originally from the state of West Virginia. He is married to Joanne Marie Law. They have two daughters, Davina and Mallory, and two grandchildren, Zara and Roman.