Brian Stimmler began his tenure as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Bishkek in August 2018. A career Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, he most recently served as Counselor for Public Affairs in Sofia, Bulgaria (2015-2018). Previous assignments include Public Affairs Officer in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and Press Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia. He has also served in Sarajevo, Tokyo, and Washington. Prior to joining the Department of State, he worked in the non-profit sector and taught university-level Russian.
Mr. Stimmler holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Brigham Young University and a joint Ph.D. in Slavic and Theoretical Linguistics from Princeton University. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife Allison “Sunny” Stimmler have two daughters. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his family.