On April 20, 2020, the WH announced the president’s intent to nominate career diplomat Julie D. Fisher, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus. The WH released the following brief bio:
Julie Fisher, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Europe and the European Union in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She also served on special assignment as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Russia.
Previously, Ms. Fisher was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to NATO; the Chief of Staff to the State Department’s Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources; and the Director of the State Department Operations Center.
Earlier assignments include service as Deputy Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO and, before that, as Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Ms. Fisher earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.P.P. from Princeton University. She speaks Russian, French, and Georgian.
According to history.state.gov, the last Senate confirmed ambassador to Belarus was Karen Brevard Stewart (1952–) who served from October 24, 2006–March 12, 2008. Between then and now, we had six chargé d’affaires who served in Belarus, with CDA Michael Scanlan who served almost four years from 2009-2013. If confirmed, DAS Fisher would be the first U.S. Ambassador to Minsk since 2008.
- Jonathan Michael Moore (1966–)
- Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, March 2008–July 2009
- Michael D. Scanlan (1961–)
- Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, July 2009–June 2013
- Ethan Aaron Goldrich (1966–)
- Chargé d’Affaires, June 2013–June 27, 2014
- Scott M. Rauland (?–)
- Chargé d’Affaires, June 30, 2014–July 8, 2016
- Robert J. Riley (?–)
- Chargé d’Affaires, August 22, 2016–July 14, 2018
- Jenifer H. Moore (?–)
- Chargé d’Affaires, –
- U.S. Announces Exchange of Ambassadors With Belarus After Meeting With Lukashenka Sept 2019
- U.S. Embassy Minsk: A Visit to the Chernobyl Alienation Zone in Gomel Oblast Apr 2016
- Photo of the Day: Cheesehead Meets the Big Cheese in Belarus Mar 2016
- Photo of the Day: US Embassy Minsk Joins Belarus River Clean Up May 2015
- More on the Belarus Dustup Mar 2008
Julie Fisher likely to become the first U.S. ambassador to Belarus since 2008. https://t.co/f69D6CvBt2
— Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (@RFERL) April 21, 2020
White House announces President Trump's intent to nominate Julie Fisher as US Ambassador to Belarus. If confirmed, she would be the first US ambassador there since 2008. @StateDept said in September that the US was prepared to exchange ambassadors: https://t.co/MFtCDbizFh
— Jennifer Hansler (@jmhansler) April 20, 2020
Julie Fisher, an experienced career foreign service officer, is expected to be tapped as the new U.S. ambassador, according to people in Belarus familiar with the matter.https://t.co/9tGfh0DIMS
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) February 4, 2020
Combatting #Russian disinformation and supporting #Ukraine are some of our strongest priorities. Here DAS Julie Fisher diacusses the importance of #US – #German cooperation on these issues. #partnership #allies @StateDept pic.twitter.com/JMkFMlH52j
— US-Botschaft Berlin (@usbotschaft) June 15, 2019