Philip Goldberg

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Person.png Philip Goldberg  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornAugust 1, 1956
Boston, Massachusetts
Alma materBoston University
US diplomat specializing in propping up friendly governments, regime changes, and other covert activities.

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Colombia

In office
September 19, 2019 - Present

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Cuba

In office
February 11, 2018 - July 20, 2018

Employment.png United States Ambassador to the Philippines

In office
December 2, 2013 - October 28, 2016

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Bolivia

In office
October 13, 2006 - September 14, 2008

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Chile

In office
July 23, 2001 - March 25, 2002

Philip Seth Goldberg is an American diplomat and government official who serves as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia. Having spent his career in empire management, he was expelled by Bolivia on 2008 for conspiring against the government of Evo Morales and declared a “persona non grata”. He has played similar roles in his other Latin-American positions, including coordinating the U.S. contribution to the counter-insurgency Plan Colombia.

Earlier in his career, Goldberg had played an important role during the dismemberment of Yugoslavia.[1]

He also previously served as Ambassador to the Philippines, and Chief of the U.S. Mission in UN-administered (but where the United States calls the shots) Kosovo. He has served in Washington as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. From June 2009 until June 2010, he was Coordinator for Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1874 (Sanctions) on North Korea. He has also been Charge d'affaires, a.i. at the U.S. embassies in Chile and Cuba. Goldberg holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service.

On May 6, 2019, President Donald Trump nominated Goldberg to be the United States Ambassador to Colombia.[2] On August 1, 2019, the Senate confirmed his nomination by voice vote.[3] He presented his credentials to President Iván Duque Márquez on September 19, 2019.[4]

Early life and education

Goldberg is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of The Rivers School and Boston University.[5] Before joining the Foreign Service, Goldberg, who speaks Spanish, worked as a liaison officer between the city government of New York City and the United Nations and consular community.[5]

Department of State appointments

Goldberg served overseas as a consular and political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and political-economic officer in Pretoria, South Africa.[5]

From 1994 to 1996, Goldberg served as the State Department's Desk Officer for Bosnia and a Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.[5]

As Special Assistant to Ambassador Holbrooke, Goldberg was a member of the American negotiating team in the lead-up to the Dayton Peace Conference and Chief of Staff for the American Delegation at Dayton.[5] From 1996 to 1998, Goldberg served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State.[5]

From 1998 to 2000, he served as Executive Assistant (1998–2000) to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott.[5] In 2001, Goldberg served as a senior member of the State Department team handling the transition from the Clinton to Bush Administrations.[5]

In 2000, Goldberg returned on temporary duty to Colombia to serve as the first coordinator for the U.S. contribution to Plan Colombia.

From January 2001 to June 2001, Goldberg served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.[5] From 2001-2004 he was Charge d'affaires, a.i. and then Deputy Chief of Mission in Chile.

In September of 2008, he was declared persona non grata and expelled from Bolivia, where he had been US Ambassador, for preparing a regime change.[6][7]

In 2018, Goldberg served as Charge d'affaires, a.i. at the US Embassy in Cuba. He has received numerous honors for his work including Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Rank awards, the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, and the U.S. Intelligence Community's Silver Seal Medallion.


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