Chargé d'Affaires, a.i.
Mr. Paradiso is the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., of U.S. Embassy Libreville. A Career Foreign Service Officer, he most recently served in Washington, D.C. as the Special Assistant to then African Affairs Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson. Prior to that, he was the Senior Civilian Representative with Brigade Combat Teams Task Force Mountain Warrior and Task Force Bastogne, covering four provinces in eastern Afghanistan along the Pakistan border. In that role, Mr. Paradiso worked closely with the brigade commander(s) to shape governance and counterinsurgency strategy, and provided management and oversight for more than forty personnel, from three agencies, at ten combat outposts and forward operating bases.
Mr. Paradiso previously served as Deputy Political-Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Political Officer in Beijing, Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. In Monrovia from 2003-2005, Mr. Paradiso supported Ambassador John Blaney’s successful ceasefire negotiations to lift the siege of Monrovia and end the war. He started his career with the State Department as an intern political officer in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998, where he survived the devastating bombing of U.S. Embassy Dar Es Salaam that, together with the near simultaneous attack on U.S. Embassy Nairobi, proved a harbinger of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. He is a recipient of a number of State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, a group Award for Heroism, and the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award.
Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Paradiso practiced law with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.