Greg Delawie and Judy Reinke-Balkans Talk
A senior diplomat with 30+ years of experience developing and advocating US policy, in 2018 Greg Delawie concluded his assignment as Ambassador to Kosovo, where he led an energetic 500-person high-morale embassy that helped modernize Europe’s newest and most pro-American country. Delawie and his team used innovative public messaging campaigns, including social media (winning 300,000 Facebook followers and 55,000 on Twitter), public speaking, and TV news appearances to promote US objectives such as rule of law and minority rights. As one of the most trusted voices in the country, he negotiated agreements to ease tensions and avoid ethnic violence in a region still recovering from the Balkan Wars period of the 90’s.
As DCM (chief operating officer) at the US embassy in Berlin, Germany, he mentored a new-to-government Ambassador, supervised 1,600 people and a $150M budget, rebuilt embassy effectiveness and strengthened the government-to-government relationship. As DCM in Zagreb, he worked closely with the government to promote military, political, and economic reforms necessary for Croatia’s membership in NATO.
In Washington, DC, Delawie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, where he negotiated a new framework agreement for European conventional arms control, leading talks with delegations from 28 NATO member states. In another assignment as DAS in the Political-Military Affairs Bureau, he served as US government counter-piracy chair, helping to create and later leading a group of 30 seafaring nations that developed strategies to deter piracy off the coast of Somalia.
In prior Foreign Service assignments, Delawie worked on international trade, human resources policy, international aviation, and in the State Department’s 24 x 7 Operations Center. Abroad, he served as economic counselor at the embassy in Rome, Italy; economic officer in Ankara, Turkey; and as consular officer in Frankfurt, Germany.
Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 2018, Delawie has worked as a foreign policy consultant, an author, a member of the Foreign Service Grievance Board, an adjunct professor at George Mason University, and as a pro-bono advocate promoting an anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment in Virginia.
Delawie is originally from San Diego. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics. He is married to Vonda Kimble Delawie, a retired Foreign Service Officer; the Delawies have two grown children.
Ambassador Judy Reiken
Judy Rising Reinke is only the fifth foreign service officer from the Department of Commerce – and the first woman – to be confirmed as Chief of Mission.
Reinke carried out the duties of the Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) from June 2013 through August 2017, also serving for extended periods as the acting Assistant Secretary/Director General for the US&FCS. In this role, Judy was the chief operating officer of the U.S. Government’s premier export promotion agency, managing its programs in 100 domestic offices and over 75 countries overseas. During her tenure, Ms. Reinke was responsible for carrying out a major reorganization that resulted in the creation of the newly formed Global Markets division, consisting of the US&FCS, the Advocacy Center, and the SelectUSA investment promotion agency. She also carried out an expansion that doubled the number of offices in sub-Saharan Africa, opened the agency’s first office in Burma, and deepened staff presence around the world.
Prior to her tenure as Deputy Director General, Judy served as the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, from 2010-13. In this capacity, she was the senior representative of the U.S. Department of Commerce responsible for the operations of the US&FCS in India, supervising the strategic program of seven trade promotion offices and four related agencies.
Previously, Judy served as the Regional Director for Western Europe, overseeing the operations of the US&FCS at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in 14 countries in Europe and the US&FCS liaison office at the European Union (2008-10). She also served as the Senior Commercial Officer in Manila, Philippines (2005-08), and in Bangkok, Thailand (2002-05). Judy’s earlier overseas experience includes her role as Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1999-2002; Commercial Attaché in Bonn, Germany (1993-98); and Commercial Officer with responsibility for export control matters in Bern, Switzerland (1990-92). Judy began her government career at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. in the Bureau of Export Administration (1986-90) and in the International Trade Administration’s Import Administration (1983-86).
Judy holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College; she has also completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University.
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Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez-David & Pam Sprinkle Room