Keith Mines serves as Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he helps manage the political and security aspects of U.S. Israel relations. Previously he was U.S. Senior Civilian Representative in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, with responsibility for U.S. outreach, political engagement, and programmatic support to the nine provinces of Northern Afghanistan. Prior to this he was Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where he managed the Merida Initiative, a new partnership between the U.S. and Mexico in counter-narcotics and law enforcement. Mr. Mines is a career Foreign Service Officer with postings to Tel Aviv, San Salvador, Port-au-Prince, Washington D.C. (Brazil Desk), Budapest, and Ottawa. In addition, Mr. Mines ran the U.S. Field Office in Darfur in 2007; served as Senior Civilian Representative in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq from 2003-2004; was interim Economic Counsellor in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2002; and Executive Assistant to the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General in the UNOSOM II peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 1994. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Mines was a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer with service in Grenada, Central America, and North Carolina. He was educated at Brigham Young University and Georgetown University where he studied history and diplomacy. A native of Colorado, Mr. Mines is married to the former Cecile McGuire of New York City and they have four children.