Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1969-1972, Bachelor of Arts Philosophy. Spoken languages: Latvian, English.
Manager advertising Osco Drug, Inc., Oakbrook, Illinois, 1974-1979. Creative director Semel-Kaye & Company, Chicago, 1979-1984. Director public relations American-Latvian Association, Rockville, Maryland, 1985-1991.
Minister-counselor Latvian Embassy, Washington, 1991-1992, ambassador to the United States and Mexico, 1993-2000. Permanent observer Organization of American States, 1996. Director Latvian Institute, Riga, since 2000.
Commission member United States-Baltic Partnership Fund, since 2000. Board member The Kids First Fund.
Consultant United Latvian Association Chicago, 1981-1984. Advisor World Federation Free Latvians, Rockville, 1985-1991, Popular Front Latvia, Riga, 1988-1991. Chairman Joint Baltic-American National Committee, Rockville, 1988.
Married Irma Ferlins. Children: Dagmara, Richard, Christopher, Ingrida.