REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Moldova
CANDIDATE: James D. Pettit
James D. Pettit, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the Department of State. With three previous tours in Moscow, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kyiv, Mr. Pettit has served a third of his career in the former Soviet Union, gaining high respect for his depth of regional knowledge, experience and outstanding Russian language skills. Known as a superior leader and expert manager with a strong background in the interagency process, he will bring key skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Moldova, a key U.S. partner in Eastern Europe.
Previously, Mr. Pettit served the Department of State as Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (2007 – 2010), Consul General, Embassy Moscow, Russia (2003 – 2007), Consul General, Embassy Vienna, Austria (1999 – 2003), Director, Office of Post Liaison/Visa Office (1997 – 1999), Director, Washington Processing Center, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (1995 – 1997), Deputy Consul General, U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (1992 – 1994), Desk Officer, Office of Taiwan Coordination (1990 – 1992), Desk Officer, Office of Cuban Affairs (1988 – 1990), Consular Officer, American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan (1986 – 1988), General Services/Political Officer, Embassy Moscow, Russia (1983 – 1985) and Consular Officer, Consulate General, Guadalajara, Mexico (1981 – 1983). Prior to that, he worked in the banking industry in Washington, D.C. While in Vienna, he served as Chairman and Secretary of the Executive Board of the American International School of Vienna.
Mr. Pettit earned a B.A. from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in 1978 and a M.A. from the National War College, Washington, D.C. in 1995. He is the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2011, three Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Honor Award from the Department of State. He speaks Russian, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese.