Azita Raji was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden on February 12, 2016. Born in Iran, she has lived, studied, and worked in the Middle East, Europe, and the Far East and is fluent in several languages. Ambassador Raji earned a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1983, and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1991.
Prior to being nominated by President Obama to represent the United States in Sweden, Ambassador Raji served in various leadership roles on national non-profit boards and commissions in the United States. As a former investment banker, Ambassador Raji has extensive experience in U.S. and global financial markets, and held senior executive positions on Wall Street. During the 2012 presidential elections, Ambassador Raji served as National Finance Vice Chair and Chair of the Swing State Victory Fund for the Obama campaign.