Leslie A. Bassett arrived in Asuncion to assume her duties as Ambassador of the United States to Paraguay on January 6, 2015. Previously she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. She is a career member of the State Department's Senior Foreign Service.
Ms. Bassett has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Manila, Philippines; in Mexico City, Mexico; and in Gaborone, Botswana. Ms. Bassett's career also includes service in Colombia, Israel, South Africa, El Salvador and Nicaragua.