Rubin, Eric Seth - Republic of Bulgaria - October 2015


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 Bulgaria

CANDIDATE: Eric Seth Rubin

Eric Seth Rubin, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, a position he started in 2011 and held for four years. Having served in multiple leadership positions overseas, at the NSC, and within the Department, Mr. Rubin is known for his ability to build productive interagency teams and to foster high staff morale by prioritizing mentoring. He also gained valuable regional expertise as Chargé d’Affaires in Moscow during the Russia-Georgia war, experience that makes him well-qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria.

Mr. Rubin previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Moscow (2008-2011), Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2006-2008), and Director, Office of Policy and Coordination, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (2004-2006). Prior to that, he was Consul General/Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (2001-2004), Resident Associate and Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University (1999-2000), and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1998-1999). He also served as Assistant White House Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs and NSC Director for Public Affairs (1997-1998), Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1996-1997), and Deputy Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (1994-1996). His early assignments in the Foreign Service included serving in the Office of Eastern European and Yugoslav Affairs, Office of Soviet Union Affairs, Operations Center, and at U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Mr. Rubin earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1983. He won numerous Department performance awards. His languages are Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, French, and Thai.