Marcie B. Ries

Marcie RiesAmbassador (Ret.) Marcie B. Ries is a private consultant specializing in relations with Europe and national security.

During thirty-seven years of diplomatic service, she served in Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. She is a three-time Chief of Mission, serving as Head of the U.S. Office Pristina (2003-2004), United States Ambassador to Albania (2004-2007) and, most recently (2012-2015), as United States Ambassador to Bulgaria.

Ms. Ries has wide experience on UN and European matters and was a senior member of the team that negotiated the 2011 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which was signed by Presidents Obama and Medvedyev in Prague in April, 2010.

In 2008-2009, Ambassador Ries was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR). In that capacity, she had responsibility for offices dealing with relations with the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), the European Union (EU) and Western Europe, as well as strategic planning and personnel. EUR includes 50 countries and 72 posts.

From 2007-2008, Ambassador Ries was Minister-Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq. As such, she handled external political matters with the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and served as Embassy liaison with the military command staff. She was Director of the State Department’s Office of United Nations Political Affairs for the two years following the 9/11 attack.

Ambassador Ries’s experience abroad also includes service as Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in London, four years at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels and tours in Turkey and the Dominican Republic.

Ambassador Ries is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is a graduate of the State Department’s Senior Seminar and the Department of Defense Pinnacle Course and is a recipient of the U.S. Army’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and four Department of State Superior Honor awards.

Ambassador Ries is married to Ambassador (ret.) Charles Ries and has a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Meredith.