James P. Zumwalt

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Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau
Term of Appointment: 01/09/2015 to present

James Peter Zumwalt was sworn in as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau on January 9, 2015. Previously he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korean affairs from 2012-2014, and as the Embassy Tokyo’s Deputy Chief of Mission from 2008-2012.

Jim entered the Foreign Service in 1981 and has served in a variety of assignments with a focus on international economics in Washington, Tokyo, Beijing, and Kinshasa. In Washington, DC, Jim worked in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and at the U.S. Trade Representative's Office. He also worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, serving on the Japan, Korea, and Philippine desks. He is fluent in Japanese; he also speaks Chinese and French.

In 1998, Jim received a master's degree in International Security Studies from the National War College. In 1979, he earned a bachelor of arts in American History and in Japanese Language from University of California, Berkeley. He grew up in El Cajon, California.