Robert O. Blake, Jr.

Bob Blake is a Senior Director for McClarty Associates in Washington DC.  He served for 31 years in the State Department in a wide range of positions.

As U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia from 2013 to 2016, he focused on building cooperation to help Indonesia reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the clearing of tropical forests and by embracing clean energy; and building stronger business and educational ties between the U.S. and Indonesia.  From 2009 to 2013, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia for which he was awarded the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award.  From 2006-2009 he served concurrently as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.  In Sri Lanka he was a strong advocate for democracy, human rights and the protection of civilians as the Government of Sri Lanka pursued its campaign to defeat the LTTE, designated a terrorist group by the Department of State.  Ambassador Blake also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in India, as well as other postings in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, and the State Department.

Ambassador Blake holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C.  He is married to Sofia Blake and they have three daughters.