Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman

Peter H. Vrooman is the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda.  He is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, and a diplomat since 1991.

Ambassador Vrooman most recently served as the Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Prior to that he served as the spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi; Director for Iraq on the staff of the National Security Council in Washington, DC; Deputy Political Counselor in Tel Aviv and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.  He also worked at the U.S. embassies in Baghdad, Beirut, and Djibouti, as well as the U.S. Liaison Office in Mogadishu, Somalia.  In Washington, he was a Watch Officer in the Department of State’s Operations Center and the Desk Officer for Algeria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

A native of New York State, Mr. Vrooman graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Social Studies and earned a M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, now known as the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as the special assistant to the President of the American University in Cairo.  He speaks Arabic and French, and is married to a photographer.  They have a son and a daughter.