David Kostelancik, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States, rank of Minister Counselor, is Director of the Office of South Central European Affairs. From 2016-2019 he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and, for two years, as Charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary.
He previously served as the Senior State Department Advisor to the Congressional Helsinki Commission, Director of the Office of Russian Affairs in the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and Director of the Office of Europe and Asia in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Earlier in his career he was assigned twice to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, including an assignment as the Special Assistant to Ambassador Thomas Pickering. Other overseas postings include the U.S. Mission to the OSCE, the U.S. Mission to NATO, the U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania and the U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey. He has held additional assignments in Washington, including as Deputy Director of the Office of Central Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the National Security Council.
Mr. Kostelancik received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Mathematics and Political Science, a Masters of Arts degree from The University of Michigan in Russian and East European Studies, and a Master’s of Science degree from the National War College in National Security Policy.
He is married; he and his wife have three sons.