Robert F. Godec was nominated by President Obama on September 19, 2012, to be U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and was sworn in by Secretary of State Clinton on January 16, 2013. Ambassador Godec was assigned as the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya in August 2012.
Prior to his assignment in Nairobi, Ambassador Godec was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Counterterrorism in the Department of State. From 2006 to 2009, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia. Ambassador Godec has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and was Deputy Coordinator for the Transition in Iraq, charged with organizing the transition of policy and operational elements of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the standup of U.S. Mission Iraq.
Before his work on Iraq, Ambassador Godec was Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa. He has also served as Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya, Assistant Office Director for Thailand and Burma in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Director for Southeast Asian Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Ambassador Godec joined the Foreign Service in 1985. He has a master of arts degree in international relations from Yale University, as well as a bachelor of arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He attended the State Department’s Senior Seminar and has received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, a Distinguished Honor Award, and many other awards and commendations.
Ambassador Godec is married to Lori G. Magnusson.