Addis Ababa, September 29, 2017 - We are pleased to announce the arrival of U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Raynor.
Ambassador Raynor recorded a video message to the Ethiopian people introducing himself and his priorities as Ambassador. The text of the message and a link to the video follows along with his official biography and photograph.
Hello. I’m Ambassador Michael Raynor. Having spent most of my career in Africa, I have a deep appreciation for Ethiopia’s history and role on the continent.
My wife and I raised our two kids in Africa, and their African influences had a lot to do with helping our son and daughter become the terrific young adults they are today. My family and I love to camp and hike, and I can’t wait to experience every facet of Ethiopia’s history, culture, and geography.
Ethiopia’s history of independence resonates today and I’m excited about the future.
My focus will be on building prosperity, improving education and health, strengthening governance and democratic institutions, and promoting regional peace. I will also do everything I can to deepen the enduring friendship between our nations and people.
Together we can strengthen the dynamic partnership between the United States and Ethiopia, while helping Ethiopia achieve its fullest potential.
I’m ready to get to work. I hope you’ll join me.
Biography of Ambassador Michael Raynor
Mike Raynor joined the State Department in 1988, and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. He has been Director of the Bureau of Human Resources’ Office of Career Development and Assignments since September 2016.
From August 2015 to August 2016, he served as Assistant Chief of Mission in Kabul, with responsibility for the embassy’s foreign assistance, counter-narcotics, and law enforcement portfolios as well as its consular, management, and security functions. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Benin from 2012 to 2015.
From 2010 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Bureau of African Affairs, following two years as the Deputy Executive Director. He has spent much of his career in Africa, including as management officer in Harare, Windhoek, Conakry, and Djibouti, and as General Services Officer in Brazzaville.
He also served as Zimbabwe desk officer in the Bureau of African Affairs, Special Assistant and Legislative Management Officer in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and Consular Officer in Luxembourg. His State Department awards include the 2008 Leamon R. Hunt Award for Management Excellence, several Senior Foreign Service Performance awards, and numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He has a B.A. in International Affairs from Lafayette College and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is married with two children.