Charge d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood

Elizabeth Rood assumed duties as the Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in September 2022.  She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor.

Before coming to Moscow, Ms. Rood served as Faculty Advisor at the U.S. Army War College.  From 2017 to 2020, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.  From 2014 to 2016, she served as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Earlier, Ms. Rood directed the State Department’s Office of Export Control Cooperation in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and the Foreign Service Institute’s Stability Operations Division.  Additionally, she served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar, Pakistan.

In earlier assignments, she served as the State Department’s representative on the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in Paktika Province in southeastern Afghanistan, as well as Deputy to the U.S. Special Negotiator for the Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria conflicts.  Previous assignments include the Nonproliferation Bureau; the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria; the U.S. Consulate General in Duesseldorf, Germany; and U.S. Embassies in Vienna, Austria, and Moscow, Russia.

Before joining the Foreign Service in 1993, Ms. Rood taught in the Frederick County, Maryland public schools.  She is a native of Cary, North Carolina and holds an MA from the University of Maryland at College Park and an AB from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Her languages are French, Russian, German, Pashto, Dari, and Georgian.