Vaida Vidugiris joined the State Department in 2004, becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 2007. She has worked abroad in Colombia as a Narcotics Affairs Section Officer (2007-2009), in Greece as a Human Rights Officer (2010-2012), in Afghanistan as an External Unit Officer (2013-2014), and as the Political and Economic Section Chief in Istanbul (2018-2021). In Washington, D.C., Vaida served as a staff assistant in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (2006), as the NATO Operations Officer for Afghanistan (2012-2013), as the Political-Military Officer on the Ukraine Desk (2014-2015), and as the Senior Political Officer on the Mexico Desk (2015-2017). She is currently the Davis Fellow at Columbia University. Vaida is a former Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and speaks Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, Turkish, and a couple of Romance languages.