Yohannes Abraham was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on September 19, 2022, after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Prior to assuming this position, Abraham served as Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the U.S. National Security Council (NSC). In this role, he oversaw NSC operations, the facilitation of the national security policy process, the White House Situation Room, and planning for President Biden’s diplomatic engagements at home and abroad.
Before joining the NSC, Abraham was the Executive Director of the Biden-Harris Transition. Alongside current White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients and former Senator Ted Kaufman, Abraham managed all aspects of transition planning and execution, including the national security, economic, and domestic policy planning teams and the Cabinet selection process.
Abraham served in several White House roles during the Obama-Biden Administration, including as Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council and as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. He later helped set up the Obama Foundation as interim Chief Operating Officer. Abraham has also worked in the Vanguard Group’s global investment unit and taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
A native of Springfield, Virginia, Abraham holds a BA from Yale College and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.