Ambassador Nancy Bikoff Pettit

Ambassador Nancy Bikoff Pettit

Ambassador Pettit was confirmed by the Senate on June 24, 2015 as the Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia. She is a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor.
Prior to arriving in Riga, she served as Director of the Office of Western European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, a position she held from 2013 to 2015. Previously she served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (2010 – 2013). Ambassador Pettit has also served as Counselor for Law Enforcement Policy and Assistance in Moscow; Press Attaché in Kyiv; and Political Unit Chief in Vienna. In Washington, Ambassador Pettit has worked in the Coordinator’s Office for Assistance to Newly Independent States, the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and the Board of Examiners. She has also worked at the American Institute in Taiwan. Ambassador Pettit has received seven Meritorious Honor awards and two Superior Honor awards.
She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian, German, and Spanish.
Ambassador Pettit is married to Ambassador James D. Pettit (the current U.S. Ambassador to Moldova). They have two grown children and one granddaughter.