Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Athens
Steven Bitner has served as the Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy Athens since the summer of 2015. He leads the embassy’s engagement on energy, trade, investment, and the breadth of economic issues.
Prior to his posting in Athens, Steve was the Deputy Chief of the Economic Section at U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem where he worked to develop the Palestinian economy and contributed to the economic track of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
He served previously with the U.S. Department of State as an economic officer in San Jose, Costa Rica where he advanced the Central American Free Trade Agreement; as an economic officer in Warsaw, Poland; and as a political advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in the cities of Ramadi and Hillah, Iraq from 2003 to 2004.
Steve has also completed multiple tours within the State Department’s Executive Secretariat in Washington, D.C. He speaks Arabic, Spanish, Polish, and Dutch.