Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Fritz

Jonathan Fritz, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission

U.S. Embassy Beijing

Jonathan Fritz is the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.  After entering the Foreign Service in 1993, he was posted overseas as a consular officer to Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Guayaquil.  During tours in Hong Kong and Mexico City he covered trade and intellectual property issues.  He has also served in Washington as a desk officer in the State Department’s Office of Chinese & Mongolian Affairs, as a negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State.

Previously, he was a unit chief within the Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (2008-2010), then Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassies in Canberra (2010-2012), Kabul (2012-2013), and Beijing (2014-2017).  He is married to Nancy Chen, a fellow Foreign Service officer.  They have three children.

Jonathan was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and grew up in Orlando, Florida.  He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy before transferring to Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in East Asian studies.  Jonathan’s interests include sports, history, and games.