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Ronald D. Godard
U.S. Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Ambassador Ronald D. GodardRonald D. Godard was sworn-in as Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on January 8, 2001. His previous assignment was as Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States and (concurrently) Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission (permanent delegation) to the OAS. He is a career Foreign Service Officer with the grade of Minister Counselor. In July 1998, he was given the temporary rank of Ambassador for six months. Prior to his assignment to the OAS in November 1997, he served in the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina where for the first three years he was Deputy Chief of Mission. During his fourth year in Buenos Aires, he was Acting Chief of Mission (Charge d'Affaires). Before Argentina, he served in the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua as Deputy Chief of Mission for one year and for 18 months as Charge d'Affaires.

Before joining the Department of State, Ron Godard was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. His first Foreign Service assignment was to the U.S. Embassy in Panama City. After a year there he was appointed Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in David, Panama. Thereafter, he spent three years in the Office of the Coordinator of Cuban Affairs in Miami and Washington; was Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua and Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey; was a Congressional Fellow, Special Assistant in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs Front Office, Special Assistant to the Counselor of the Department, Chief of the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs, and Country Director of Central American Affairs. He then left Washington to become Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile from 1988 to 1991 during the democratic transition.

During his 33-year career in the Department of State, Ambassador Godard has received four Superior Honor Awards, the most recent in July 1999.

Ron Godard is from Odessa, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He also received a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas.

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