(1971 - )
Ron Dermer is an American-Israeli political consultant and Israel’s ambassador to the United States.
Dermer was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He attended a Jewish day school in his youth and earned his B.A. in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in Oxford, England.
Dermer moved to Israel in 1996 and soon thereafter became an Israeli citizen. He married Israeli artist Adi Blumberg who passed away tragically in 2000.
He has worked with Natan Sharansky including on his Knesset campaign in 1996 and as a political consultant in the 1999 Knesset election, and co-wrote the best-selling book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror in 2004. In the early 2000s Dermer wrote a column for The Jerusalem Post.
In 2005, Dermer was appointed economic envoy at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., for which he forfeited his American citizenship. After returning to Israel in 2008, Dermer began serving as a political advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
On July 9, 2013, Netanyahu’s office announced Dermer as Israel’s U.S. ambassador following Michael Oren, who served from 2009 until 2013.
Dermer and his wife Rhoda Pagano Dermer have five children.