Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
Richard M. Sanders assumed the position of Chargé d'Affaires ad Interim at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, on July 25, 2013. He had previously served as the Director of the Department of State's Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs from 2010 to 2013.
Mr. Sanders entered the Foreign Service in 1984. His other assignments include: Consular officer, U.S. Embassy Bogota, 1985-86; Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Montevideo, 1986-1988; Information Officer, Office of Press Relations, Bureau of Inter-American (now Western Hemisphere) Affairs, Department of State, 1988-1990; Foreign Service Economic and Commercial Training, 1990-1991; Regional Resources Officer, U.S. Embassy Santiago, 1991-1994; Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Madrid, 1994-1997; Officer-in-Charge for Argentine Affairs, 1997-1999; Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Bogota, 1999-2002; Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy Caracas, 2002-2005; Deputy Director, Office of Mexican Affairs, 2005-2007; and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Managua, 2007-2010.
Mr. Sanders holds the rank of Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. He has received the Department of State's Superior Honor Award (three times) and the Meritorious Honor Award (4 times). In 1997 he was a State Department participant in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's "Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest."
Prior to joining the Foreign Service Mr. Sanders practiced law in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's law school, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University in Ontario, Canada. He is married to the former Romy Barrera of Santiago, Chile.