Ambassador Richard Schmierer – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near East Affairs, U.S. Department of State; former U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman
Ambassador Richard J. Schmierer assumed his current position as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in September 2012. He served as Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman from September 2009 through August 2012. Prior to his ambassadorship he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, from June 2008 through July 2009.
Schmierer is a State Department Foreign Service Officer and member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. He began his diplomatic career in 1980, with assignments in Bonn, Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany, through 1984. Schmierer then served a three-year assignment at the American Consulate General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1985-88). From 1988 through 1992, he was posted at the headquarters of the US Information Agency and then from 1992 through 1996 at the US Embassy in Bonn, Germany. He returned to Saudi Arabia in 1997, where he served as Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Riyadh until 2000. From 2000 through 2004 Schmierer served as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Berlin, followed by an assignment as Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad, 2004-2005. From 2005 through 2007 he taught at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he published a book entitled Iraq: Policy and Perceptions. From June 2007 through June 2008 Schmierer served as the head of the Office of Iraq Affairs at the US State Department.
Schmierer holds a BA degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is married to Sandra J. Schmierer, also a long-time employee of the US State Department. They have three grown children.