(1971 - )
Ron Dermer is an Israeli political consultant and Israel’s current ambassador to the United States.
Dermer, born in Miami Beach, Florida, attended Jewish day school in the area and earned his B.A. in Finance and Management from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He later graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
In 1996, Dermer moved to Israel and became an Israeli citizen. In August 1998. he married Israeli artist Adi Blumberg, the daughter of the then-Bank of Jerusalem chairman; she died tragically in 2000.
During Israel's 1999 election, Dermer worked as a political consultant with Natan Sharansky. In 2004, he helped the famous refusnik and author co-write the best-selling book The Case for Democracy.
In 2005, Dermer was appointed by Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to serve as Israel's economic envoy to the United States, a position for which he was forced to forfeit his American citizenship. After returning to Israel in 2008, Dermer became a close political adviser to Netanyahu who was elected as Israel's prime minister in 2009. In March 2013, Dermer left Netanyahu's office after four years.
On July 9, 2013, Netanyahu announced that Dermer would succeed Michael Oren as Israel’s U.S. ambassador. On December 3, 2013, Dermer officially presented his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama. He wrote in the official White House guestbook:
“I feel proud and honored to serve as Israel’s ambassador to the United States. America is a country to which the Jewish people owe so much and to which I, as a son of America, am so personally indebted. I look forward to working with you and your administration to make the bonds between Israel and America stronger than ever.”
Dermer is remarried to Rhoda Pagano have five children.
Sources: Wikipedia; Times of Israel (December 4, 2013); Photo courtesy of Twitter/Amb. Ron Dermer