Robert Riley assumed the role of Charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus on August 22, 2016. Prior to arriving in Minsk, Bob was the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary from 2013-2015, and Political-Economic Counselor there from 2012-2013.
Bob’s other positions with the U.S. Department of State have included Deputy Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs in Washington, which manages U.S. relations with Turkey, Greece and Cyprus; Political Counselor at the U.S. Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States in Washington; Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador; Political-Military Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid Spain; Senior Duty Officer at the White House Situation Room; Watch Officer at the State Department Operations Center in Washington; Political Officer in Bogota, Colombia; and Economic and Consular Officer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Bob speaks Spanish, Russian and Hungarian.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Bob was an attorney for approximately eight years at one of Seattle’s largest law firms, where he specialized in litigation focusing on intellectual property, securities, and employment matters. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
Bob is married to Eliana (Alvarez) Riley. They have two young sons.