Ambassador Robert F. Godec
Robert F. Godec was nominated by President Obama on September 19, 2012 to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and sworn in by Secretary of State Clinton on January 16, 2013. Ambassador Godec was assigned as the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya in August 2012.
Prior to his assignment in Nairobi, Ambassador Godec was the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau Counterterrorism in the Department of State. From 2006 to 2009, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia. Ambassador Godec has also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and was Deputy Coordinator for the Transition in Iraq, charged with organizing the transition of policy and operational elements of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the standup of U.S. Mission Iraq.
Before his work on Iraq, Ambassador Godec was Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa. He has also served as Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya, Assistant Office Director for Thailand and Burma in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Director for Southeast Asian Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Ambassador Godec joined the Foreign Service in 1985. Ambassador Godec has a master of arts degree in international relations from Yale University as well as a bachelor of arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He attended the State Department’s Senior Seminar and has received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, a Distinguished Honor Award, and many other awards and commendations.
Ambassador Godec is married to Lori G. Magnusson.
Deputy Chief of Mission, Isiah Parnell
Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell is a career Foreign Service Officer who joined the Department of State in August of 1984. He has served in eight overseas posts in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Africa. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and holds the rank of Minister Counselor. He served as the Minister Counselor of Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City from 2006-2009, and most recently was the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy, Kingston from August 2009 through October 2010, and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Kingston from November 2010 through May 2012.
Mr. Parnell was born in High Springs, Florida. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. in Government and Economics; a M.A. degree in Urban Planning/Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.; and has completed the coursework for a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver.
Mr. Parnell served in the U.S Army from 1981-1984. He is married to Tamice Gordon Parnell of Colorado and they have four daughters.
The U.S. Embassy to Kenya opened in 1964. Through fourteen Ambassadors since then, the Embassy has enriched the ties between the American and Kenyan people and served the needs of Americans in and around this East African hub. Chief among the U.S. Mission’s goals are fostering the development of a sound Kenyan economy, strengthening the institutions of Kenyan democracy, helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promoting U.S./Kenyan business ties.