Alyson Grunder arrived at U.S. Embassy Monrovia as the Deputy Chief of Mission in September 2018. Her previous assignment was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) where she led ECA’s alumni outreach, innovation, public-private partnerships, evaluation and cultural heritage divisions. A four-time public affairs officer at overseas posts, Ms. Grunder was Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Baghdad from 2014-2015, leading the Mission’s strategic communications and public diplomacy programs in the wake of the 2014 incursions into Iraq by the ISIS terrorist group. She has also been the public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kampala, Uganda, and at the U.S. Consulate in Montreal, Canada. From 1999-2001, Ms. Grunder was a press officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, serving as Acting Spokesperson on 9/11.
A recipient of multiple State Department superior and meritorious honor awards, Ms. Grunder is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in American Studies. She is married to Rick Bassett and has two adult children.