Director, Office of Pakistan Affairs
A native of New York, David J. Ranz is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor. A career diplomat since 1992 focused on the Arab world, Mr. Ranz is currently Director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Ranz previously served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, and Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt; and as Spokesman and Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Ranz has also served in Rabat, Morocco; Jerusalem; Karachi, Pakistan; and Washington, D.C.; and has participated on U.S. delegations to numerous international conferences and negotiations, including the Wye River (Israeli-Palestinian) and Shepherdstown (Israeli-Syrian) peace talks.
In 2004, Mr. Ranz was awarded the State Department’s Herbert Salzman Award for International Economic Performance in recognition of “his vital work pursuing structural reform of the Palestinian Authority (PA) with active, on the ground diplomacy involving international and Palestinian officials, his timely and insightful reporting, and his excellent policy advice.” In 2013, Mr. Ranz was selected as the runner-up for the State Department’s James Clement Dunn Award for “the sustained excellence of his performance as Political Counselor in Cairo.” Mr. Ranz has also received four U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Awards (1994, 2000, 2002, and 2011), a U.S. Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service from General (ret.) David Petraeus (2007), and one Meritorious Honor Award (2010), and is a member of national Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Ranz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Yale University in 1991 and a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2005. Mr. Ranz is married and has two children. He speaks Arabic, French, and Hebrew.