A 24-year veteran of the Foreign Service, Krishna “Kris” R. Urs assumed duties as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs on November 1, 2010. Previously he served as Director in the Office of Aviation Negotiations in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs in the Department of State from September 2009 until October 2010. He was Charge d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia from September 2008 until June 2009 and Deputy Chief of Mission at the same embassy from July 2006 until September 2008. He served as Director of the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State from 2003 until 2006. Mr. Urs also served overseas as an economic officer in the Dominican Republic (2000-2003), Peru (1996-2000), Nicaragua (1990-1993), Bangladesh (1988-1990) and Mexico (1987-1988). He served in the Department of State as the senior Pakistan Desk Officer (1994-1996) and on detail to Department of Treasury (1993-1994), working in the office of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.
Mr. Urs is a 1980 graduate of Georgetown University, where he studied Latin American politics and economics at the School of Foreign Service. He earned a Masters Degree at the University of Texas in economics (1985). He speaks Spanish and Hindi.