Michael Kleine began his tour as Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2015. In his last overseas assignment, Mr. Kleine served as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Seoul, where he was responsible for leading Embassy efforts to ratify the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. He previously managed U.S.-Philippines relations as the Senior Philippines Desk Officer in Washington, reported on post-conflict reconstruction as a political officer in Kosovo, and assisted American citizens in distress as a consular officer in Vietnam. He also contributed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as the Senior Advisor for Japan and Korea Trade Policy.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Kleine practiced law with a specialty in labor and employment litigation. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He also has a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C.