Abby Aronson joined the United States Foreign Service in 1997, and has served in a variety of assignments in Washington, DC, and abroad. In July 2014, she assumed her current position as U.S. Consul and Chief of American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. Previous postings as U.S. Consul have included serving as Country Coordinator for Fraud Prevention Programs for Mission India, based in Chennai, managing consular fraud prevention for the U.S. State Department’s five diplomatic posts in India and as Chief of Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania. She began her service with postings in Melbourne, Australia, and San Salvador, El Salvador. She has served in Washington in the Executive Office of the Bureau of Consular Affairs where her portfolios included managing emergency and temporary consular assistance to posts worldwide and serving as Bureau liaison for consular operations in the South Asia region, and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, working in the bureau which represents the Department of State to the U.S. Congress.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Aronson held positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. federal government. At the U.S. Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC, she served in the office of the Regional Director for Inter American Operations, providing programming support for more than 1500 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. Ms. Aronson began her government service with the U.S. House of Representatives as staff associate to the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Aronson has been active in Washington, DC, community theatre. She is a member of Hexagon, “Washington’s only original, political, satirical, musical, comedy revue,” and has performed with The Arlington Players and The Foundry Players. She has been both on and off-stage as an actress, lighting designer and technician, stage manager, and scenic technician, and served on the Board of Directors of Foundry Players. Hexagon, The Arlington Players, and Foundry Players are all committed to philanthropy in their communities, and her participation has helped raise money for many organizations including the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Ronald McDonald Charities, the NAMES Project, Rebuilding Together, and the Washington Youth Garden at the National Arboretum.
While serving in Australia, Ms. Aronson served on the Steering Committee for the RCH 1000 Foundation of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the largest pediatric teaching hospital in the southern hemisphere. She is a recipient of the Department of State’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and has been recognized by the Department as a Hometown Diplomat.
Born in New York City and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, Ms. Aronson is an alumna of the Horace Mann School and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was graduated with honors. She speaks Greek, Spanish, and Albanian proficiently, and has experience in German and Russian. Her enthusiasms include scuba diving, travel, knitting, and theatre- which she shares with her husband, Paul Cohn.