Eric Stromayer presented his credentials April 11 to the President of the Togolese Republic, Faure E. Gnassingbé, in his capacity as the newest Ambassador of the United States of America to the Togolese Republic. Eric Stromayer is the 22nd head of the U.S. diplomatic delegation to Togo since Leland Barrows (1960-1961), and succeeds David Gilmour (2015-2019.)
Eric William Stromayer, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is the U.S. Ambassador to the Togolese Republic. He has served 30 years in the Foreign Service, including extensive assignments in Africa. His most recent assignment was as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa and the Sudans in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State. Other notable assignments include service in Madagascar as Charge d’Affaires a.i. (2010-2011) and Deputy Chief of Mission (2008-2010), Executive Director of the Bureau of African Affairs (2014-2017), Desk Officer, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs (2002-2005), and General Services Officer, U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (1991-1994).
Mr. Stromayer additionally served the State Department as Management Counselor, U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan (2011-2014), and Management Counselor (2007-2008) and General Services Officer (2005-2007), U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary. He was also General Services Officer, U.S. Embassy Rabat, Morocco (1998-2002), Administrative Officer, U.S. Consulate Calcutta, India (1995-1998), Watch Officer, Operations Center (1994-1995), and Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Port au Prince, Haiti (1990-1991). Prior to his State Department career Mr. Stromayer worked at the World Bank (1987-88), served as an Intern in the Office of Senator Tom Harkin (1986-1987), was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thies, Senegal (1982-1983), and held a variety of other positions.
Mr. Stromayer earned a B.A. from Northwestern University (1982) and a M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS (1986). He is the recipient of numerous awards from the State Department. Mr. Stromayer speaks fluent French, in addition to Italian, Hungarian, Wolof, Haitian Creole and some Spanish.