Nomination of Robert S. Gelbard To Be United States
Ambassador to Bolivia
March 22, 1988
President today announced his intention to nominate Robert S. Gelbard, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service,
Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Bolivia. He would succeed
Edward Morgan Rowell.
1985 Mr. Gelbard has been Deputy Assistant Secretary
for the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs at the Department of State.
Previously, he was Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs, 1984 -
1985, and Deputy Director of the Office of Western European Affairs of the
Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, 1982 - 1984. From 1978 to 1982, he was
first secretary in Paris, France; financial economist
for the Office of European Regional Political and Economic Affairs for the
Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, 1976 - 1978; and an international
economist for the Office of Development Finance at the Bureau of Economic and
Business Affairs, 1973 - 1975. He served as a principal officer, 1971 - 1972,
and consul, 1970 - 1971, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Mr. Gelbard joined the Foreign Service in 1967, and served in
the Peace Corps in Bolivia, 1964 - 1966, and in
the Philippines, 1968 - 1970.
Gelbard graduated from Colby College (A.B., 1964) and Harvard University (M.P.A., 1979). He was
born March 6, 1944, in Brooklyn, NY. He is married, has one
child, and resides in Washington, DC.