Elizabeth Rood arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia July 2017 as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. Her most recent previous position was Political Counselor in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2014 to 2016. Previously, Ms. Rood has directed the State Department’s Office of Export Control Cooperation in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and the Foreign Service Institute’s Stability Operations Division. She has also served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar, Pakistan. In earlier assignments, she served as the Department of State representative on the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in Paktika Province in southeastern Afghanistan, as well as Deputy to the U.S. Special Negotiator for the Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria conflicts. She has also served previous tours in the State Department’s Nonproliferation Bureau; the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria; the U.S. Consulate General in Düsseldorf, Germany; as well the U.S. Embassies in Vienna, Austria and Moscow, Russia.
Before joining the Foreign Service in 1993, Ms. Rood taught foreign languages in the Frederick County, Maryland public schools. She is a native of Cary, North Carolina and holds an MA from the University of Maryland at College Park and an AB from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She speaks French, Russian, German, Pashto, and Dari; she is currently studying Georgian.