U.S. Chargé d'Affaires to Egypt David J. Ranz
A native of New York, David J. Ranz is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor. A career diplomat since 1992 focused on the Arab World, Mr. Ranz was the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt prior to assuming the position of Chargé d’Affaires; between May 2012 and January 2014, he was the Counselor for Political Affairs. Mr. Ranz previously served as Spokesman and Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Ranz has also served in Rabat, Morocco; Jerusalem; Karachi, Pakistan; and Washington, D.C.; and has participated in U.S. delegations to numerous international conferences and negotiations, including the Wye River (Israeli-Palestinian) and Shepherdstown (Israeli-Syrian) peace talks.
In 2004, Mr. Ranz was awarded the State Department’s Hebert Salzman Award for International Economic Performance in recognition of “his vital work pursuing structural reform of the Palestinian Authority (PA) with active, on-the-ground diplomacy involving international and Palestinian officials, his timely and insightful reporting, and his excellent policy advice.” In 2013, Mr. Ranz was selected as the runner-up for the State Department’s James Clement Dunn Award for “the sustained excellence of his performance as Political Counselor in Cairo.” Mr. Ranz has also received four U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Awards, a U.S. Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service from General (ret.) David Petraeus, and one Meritorious Honor Award, and is a member of national Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Ranz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Yale University in 1991 and a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2005. Mr. Ranz is married and has two children. He speaks Arabic, French, and Hebrew.