Political and Legal Affairs

The mission of the Embassy of Switzerland’s Political and Legal Affairs Section is to defend and promote Switzerland’s interests in the United States. Its main diplomatic tasks are:

Providing operational expertise in U.S. domestic and foreign policy, the functioning of institutions and legal practices

Striving toward strengthening bilateral political and legal cooperation, particularly by encouraging official meetings between high-ranking Swiss and U.S. representatives

Maintaining and developing a network of influential contacts in U.S. political and legal circles in the administration, in Congress and in civil society

Team Members

  • Simon Geissbühler, Minister, Head of Section
  • Charlotte Bleisch, First Secretary, Deputy Head of Section
  • Riccarda Chanda, First Secretary, Legal Advisor
  • Philipp Häsler, First Secretary, Political Affairs
  • Mélanie Blanc, Diplomatic Attaché, Political Affairs
  • Pierre Della Bianca, Diplomatic Attaché, Political Affairs
  • Tony Abate, Senior Advisor for Congressional Affairs
  • Mareike Furlong, Executive Assistant 


To contact Political and Legal Affairs:


Tel: +1 (202) 745 7900