Ambassador Eric Rubin is a Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Democratic Resilience Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).  

Ambassador Rubin was elected to serve as the President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) after his recent posting as US Ambassador to Bulgaria (2016-2019).  

Joining the Foreign Service in 1985 after graduating from Yale, he started as a political and human rights officer in Honduras (1985-1988). In 1989, he was assigned to the State Department’s Operations Center. From 1989 to 1991, he worked in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs where he monitored and reported on the collapse of the Soviet Union. Next, he served as the security affairs officer for Central and Eastern Europe.  

He left Washington in 1994 for Kyiv, Ukraine as Deputy Political Counselor. While there, he was a recipient of AF- SA’s William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent by Mid-Level Officers for his work on the Bosnia crisis.  

In 1996, he returned to Washington to work as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. From 1997-1998, he served as an Assistant White House Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs and in 1998 he was the special assistant to Ambassador Thomas Pickering—then the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. From 1999-2000 Ambassador Rubin was a Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University where he enjoyed teaching about diplomacy.  

In 2001 he was posted to Chiang Mai, Thailand as Consul General. In 2004 he returned to Washington as the director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In 2006 he served as the executive assistant to R. Nicholas Burns—the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, at the time.  

From 2008 to 2011, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow. And from 2011 to 2015, he served as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.  

Ambassador Rubin is married with two children.