Tefft, John F. - Russian Federation - October 2014



SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Russian Federation

CANDIDATE: John Francis Tefft

John Francis Tefft, a three-time former Ambassador and career member of the Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Executive Director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum at the RAND Corporation, Arlington, Virginia. Known as a talented leader, manager and consensus builder within the interagency community, he has extensive high-level experience in Russia, Eastern Europe and the diplomatic process. He brings a profound understanding of critical U.S. global and regional interests to the task of representing America to the Government of Russia, a forceful international political, economic and military rival.

Previously, Mr. Tefft served as Ambassador, Embassy Kiev, Ukraine (2009-2013), Ambassador, Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (2005-2009), Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs (2004-2005), International Affairs Advisor, National War College (2003-2004), Ambassador, Embassy Vilnius, Lithuania (2000-2003), Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy Moscow, Russia (1996-1999), Senior Seminar, Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, Virginia (1994-1995), Director, Office of Northern European Affairs, (1992-1994), Deputy Director, Office of Soviet Union Affairs/Office of Commonwealth of Independent States, (1989-1992), Counselor for Political-Military Affairs, Embassy Rome, Italy (1986-1989), Political Officer, Office of Soviet Union Affairs, (1983-1986) and Pearson Fellow, Office of Congressman Howard Wolpe (1982-1983). He also served as a Political Officer at Embassy Budapest, Hungary, as a Special Assistant in the Washington office of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as a Political Officer in the Office of United Nations Political Affairs, in the Operations Center and as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Mr. Tefft served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1971 to 1974, receiving an Honorable Discharge.

Mr. Tefft earned a B.A. from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a M.A from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Department of State, including two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, a Distinguished Honor Award and the Baker-Wilkins DCM of the Year Award. He speaks Russian and Italian, and has studied Hebrew, Lithuanian and Hungarian.