Bachelor in Slavic Language & Literature, University California, Berkeley, 1975. Bachelor in History, University California, Berkeley, 1975.
Vice consul American Consulate General, Monterrey, Mexico, 1977-1979. Consul American Embassy Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Moscow, 1981-1983. First secretary American Embassy Spain, Madrid, 1983-1986.
Consul general American Embassy Honduras, Tegucigalpa, 1986-1988. Program associate Hoover Institution, Stanford, California, 1988—1989. General consul American Embassy Thailand, Bangkok, 1994—1996.
Deputy chief of mission American Embassy Ecuador, Quito, 1996—1999. Director, Office Brazilian & Southern cone affairs United States Department State, Washington, 1999—2001, deputy assistant secretary for western hemisphere affairs, 2001—2002, principal deputy assistant secretary, 2002, acting assistant secretary, 2002—2003, United States ambassador to Peru Lima, 2003—2007.
Member of American Foreign Service Association.
Married Susan Mary Briggs, December 9, 1976. Children: Peter James, Dale.