Kevin Covert, a career Foreign Service Officer, began his assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Wellington, New Zealand in August 2019. Previously, he was DCM in Dushanbe Tajikistan, Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, and Director for Russia on the National Security Council Staff. Kevin also served in Moscow and Astana. Prior to joining the Department of State in 2005, Kevin managed U.S. foreign assistance projects for more than a decade to help countries of the former Soviet Union transition from central planning to a market economy.
Kevin is a proud alumnus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he earned a Master’s degree in international relations and received a Fellowship from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford University and graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University. Kevin speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and French. He is married to Lesya and has two adventurous boys. In his spare time he volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America and coaches youth baseball and soccer.