U.S. Department of State

Curtis W. Kamman
Ambassador to Colombia

kammen photoCurtis Warren Kamman of Washington, D.C. was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November and sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Colombia in December 1997. Ambassador Kamman previously served as Ambassador to Bolivia and Chile, and earlier as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, responsible for U.S. relations with the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe. In 1991, he received the President's Distinguished Service Award for career officials. In 1993, he was accorded the personal rank of Career Minister.

Ambassador Kamman has held such positions as Director of East African Affairs in the State Department, Political Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Moscow, and Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. In his career of over 38 years, he also served in diplomatic positions in Mexico, Hong Kong, Kenya and the Soviet Union. Before entering the U.S. Foreign Service, he worked as a teaching fellow at Yale University and as a guide for visitors to the U.S. Exhibition in Moscow in 1959.

A native of Chicago, ambassador Kamman attended public schools in Arizona, and was graduated with highest honors from Yale University in 1959. He has done advanced study at Stanford University (California) and the University of Washington (Seattle). He is married to the former Mary G. Curtis, a Certified Public Accountant. They have three sons.

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