Robert Porter Jackson serves as U.S Ambassador to Ghana. Ambassador Jackson has served as the U.S. Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs since October 2013. From 2010 to 2013 he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon.
Ambassador Jackson’s previous overseas assignments include:
- Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Rabat, Morocco
- Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Dakar, Senegal
- Political/Economic Counselor, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
- Political-Military Officer, Lisbon, Portugal
- Chief of the Political Section, Harare, Zimbabwe
- Political/Economic Officer in Bujumbura, Burundi
- Consular/Economic Officer in Montreal, Canada
He has also served in Washington, D.C., as the Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy; as the Country Officer for Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nigeria; and as the Coordinator of the Entry-Level Officer Training Program and Deputy Director of the Orientation Division at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute.
Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1982, Ambassador Jackson taught French and English as a foreign language at the Institute Montana in Zugerberg, Switzerland. He had previously taught English and American Civilization at the University of Clermont in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Ambassador Jackson earned his M.S. in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, his M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Ambassador Jackson speaks French and Portuguese.