Jim Pettit was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova on January 16, 2015, and presented his credentials to President Nicolae Timofti on January 30, 2015.
He has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services within the Consular Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State since November 2010. The Overseas Citizens Services Directorate includes the Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management, the Office of Children’s Issues, and the Office of Policy Review and Interagency Liaison.
Most recently, Jim was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine (2007-2010), Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia (2003-2007), and Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria (1999-2003). In Washington, he previously served within the Visa Services Directorate, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the Taiwan Coordination Office, and the Office of Cuban Affairs. He served two previous tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, as well as at the American Institute in Taiwan and the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara, Mexico.
He received a B.A. in International Studies and Russian from Iowa State University, and a M.A. in National Strategic Studies from the National War College. He speaks Russian, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, and recently studied Romanian for several months prior to his arrival in Moldova. He is married and has two daughters.