Julie A. Ruterbories is a senior foreign service officer with 21 years of experience in Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Washington, D.C. Before becoming a DIR in August 2012, she served as consul general in Amsterdam since summer 2009. During Ruterbories’ tours she has advanced foreign policy interests across a broad range of issues, including democratization and human rights, trade and investment and immigration. She began her foreign service career as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, she has also served additional consular tours in Baku, Azerbaijan; London, England; Skopje, Macedonia; and Pristina, Kosovo. In Washington, Ruterbories served as a congressional liaison officer, where she was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach. She has also served in the State Department’s Operations Center. Most recently, she worked as special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs.
Ruterbories earned an undergraduate degree in history and soviet studies from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She speaks several foreign languages, including German, French, Spanish, Russian and Macedonian. She has been studying Dutch.