Conrad Tribble grew up in Los Angeles, California, joined the Foreign Service in 1987, and has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the European Union since August 2015. He arrived in Washington after three years as Deputy Chief of Mission in Havana, where he helped manage the historic reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of the U.S. Embassy.
Mr. Tribble started his career as a consular officer in Santiago, Chile, then spent a two-year tour in the Department’s Politico-Military Bureau. He spent the next eleven years working on U.S.-European relations as Germany desk officer, Cyprus desk officer, OSCE action officer, and Coordinator for Baltic Sea regional cooperation programs. That period included a three-year tour in Bonn, where he was an exchange diplomat in the German Foreign Office prior to heading the external political affairs section. After a tour as Political Counselor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from 2003-2005, Mr. Tribble served as a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department's Operations Center, then attended the National War College at Ft. McNair, Class of 2007, where he earned Distinguished Graduate honors. Following a stint as Director of the Department’s 24-hour Intelligence and Research Watch, Mr. Tribble led a Provincial Reconstruction Team embedded with a U.S. Army brigade in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, from 2008-2009. For the following three years he served as Principal Officer and Consul General in Munich, Germany before transferring to Havana in 2012.
Mr. Tribble holds a B.A. in history from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. in national security studies from the U.S. National War College.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Tribble studied and worked for extended periods in Germany and Honduras. A lifelong singer and amateur rock band musician, Mr. Tribble is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Association). He is also a sports junkie; he plays baseball, basketball, and soccer, and has been a Bundesliga fan since 1979. He speaks German, French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.