Joseph M. Young

Chargé d’ Affaires a.i.

U.S. Mission to ASEAN

Joseph M. Young, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, joined the U.S. Mission to ASEAN as Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, in October, 2021.  He had served as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2019 to 2021, and also as the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission from 2017 to 2019.  From 2014 to 2017, he was the Director for Japanese Affairs at the Department of State.  From 2012 to 2014, he served as Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Pacific Command.  Mr. Young also worked as Political-Military Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Tokyo from 2009 to 2012. 

Mr. Young’s other assignments include: Political-Economic Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Dublin (2004-2007); Aviation Negotiations Officer in the State Department’s Economics Bureau (2002-2004); Economic Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Beijing (1999-2002); Economics Researcher at the Foreign Service Institute (1996-1997); Political Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Nairobi (1994-1996); and, Consular Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Singapore (1991-1993). 

Mr. Young holds a master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Borromeo College.  He speaks Japanese and Chinese. Mr. Young is married and has three daughters.