Junaid Jay Munir is the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy to Sana’a, resident in Riyadh. Prior to his work on Yemen, he served as the Chief of the Political and Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy to Algeria. He also served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson. He has previously been posted to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, Syria, and Pakistan, and served as the Middle East and North Africa Counselor in Paris from 2012-2015. He began his career as a lawyer, clerking for Judge Alan Gold in the U.S. Southern District of Florida, and working for the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. and Greenberg Traurig in Miami, Florida. Munir, a Michigan native, graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in political science, and he earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the student government. He speaks French, Arabic, and Urdu. He and his wife, a journalist, have one son.