Greta C. Holtz, a career Senior Foreign Service Officer, is the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to this assignment, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Ms. Holtz served as Minister-Counselor for Provincial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (May 2009-May 2010), and ran the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Teams.
Ambassador Holtz entered the Foreign Service in 1985 and has served in U.S. missions in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria, and as Principal Officer in Adana, Turkey. From 2006-2007, Ambassador Holtz was the Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, managing the State Department’s democracy promotion program in the Middle East. From 2004-2006 she was the Department’s Coordinator for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Ambassador Holtz received a B.S. in political science from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kentucky, and a M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College in 2004.
Ambassador Holtz speaks Arabic, Turkish, and French, and has been the recipient of numerous State Department Superior and Meritorious honor awards.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Holtz worked in the NATO policy office at the Defense Department.