Victoria Taylor began her tenure as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Zagreb in September 2018. As of January 13, 2021, she serves as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Taylor joined the Department of State in 2003. She served most recently as the Deputy Director for Western Europe. From 2015-2016, Ms. Taylor was the Director for Balkans, Caucasus, and the Black Sea Affairs at the National Security Council where she coordinated U.S. policy and advanced U.S. interests in the region. Prior to the NSC, Ms. Taylor served as the Political and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, and was an International Affairs Fellow in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Taylor has served overseas at U.S. Embassies in Tunis, Tunisia, and Islamabad, Pakistan, and at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan. In Washington, she managed the nonproliferation and Iranian foreign policy portfolio in the Office of Iranian Affairs and worked as the Turkey Desk and Southern European Economic Affairs Officer in the Office of Southern European Affairs.
Ms. Taylor hails from Springfield, Missouri. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks French, Mandarin, Russian, and Urdu.