Ambassador Griffiths Biography
Ambassador Griffiths joined the Foreign Service in 1988 and served in Quebec City, Canada, Lisbon, Portugal, and Maputo, Mozambique before returning to Washington, D.C. Upon completion of the Department of State’s nine-month economic course, Ambassador Griffiths worked in the Office of Southern Africa Affairs.
In Rabat, Morocco, he served as First Secretary of Economic Affairs, specializing in economic development and trade promotion, contributing to the conclusion of the first commercial agreement between the United States and an Arab country.
As Counselor for International Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, Ambassador Griffiths worked with international organizations to promote economic and social development.
Ambassador Griffiths served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the United States Embassy to the Republic of Haiti from 2004 to 2006, where the United States played a leading role responding to natural disasters and making significant improvements in Haiti’s public health sector. As Principal Officer at the United States Consulate General in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Ambassador Griffiths led a team of eighty professionals in the commercial and agriculture heartland of Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands. Ambassador Griffiths’ most recent assignment was as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, where he worked in the promotion of global health and innovation, and the protection of the right of refugees and human rights globally.
Ambassador Griffiths graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Government. He also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He speaks Portuguese, French and Spanish.
Ambassador Griffiths is married and has two children.