Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles

Acting Chancellor/Vice Chancellor


Ms. Barks-Ruggles was the Ambassador of
the United States of America to the
Republic of Rwanda from January 2015-
March 2018. She previously served for
three years as U.S. Consul General in Cape
Town, South Africa. From January 2009-
July 2011, Ms. Barks-Ruggles served as the
Deputy to the United States Permanent
Representative to the United Nations,
leading the Washington office and serving on the Deputies
Committee. She is a career Foreign Service Officer, serving since 1991.
From 2004-2008 she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, where she led U.S. support for
Iraq’s first democratic elections in 2005, and managed over $210 million
in human rights and democracy programming in the Middle East and
South and Central Asia. From 1996-1999 she was a Director for African
Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, where she
led the successful effort to pass the Africa Growth and Opportunity
Act. She has also been posted to India and Norway. She has served as a
Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution and an International Affairs
Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Barks-Ruggles speaks
French and Norwegian.