Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Ph.D.
Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden on February 10, 2022 to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. He served as the 17th Vice Chancellor of the University of the South and Mayor of Sewanee from June 2020 until December 2021.
Deputy Chief of Mission
Heather Merritt is the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. She was previously the U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2020-2021.
U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg
Vincent (Vinny) Spera arrived in South Africa in July 2021 as the U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg. Prior to this assignment, he was Director of the Office of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. From 2017-2019 he served as Acting Director of the Departmen
Todd P. Haskell
Consul General in Cape Town
Consul General Todd P. Haskell assumed the position of Consul General in Cape Town in April 2022. He joined Mission South Africa as the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in March 2021. Mr. Haskell had previously served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Congo from July 2017 until January 2021.
Consul General Josie Ratcliffe
U.S. Consulate General in Durban
Josie Ratcliffe joined the U.S. Mission to South Africa as the Principal Officer for the U.S. Consulate General Durban in October 2023. Prior to her arrival, Consul General Ratcliffe served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in N’Djamena, Chad.
President of the United States
President Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before becoming the 47th Vice President of the United States. As President, Biden will restore America’s leadership and build our communities back better.
Vice President of the United States
Kamala D. Harris is the Vice President of the United States of America. She was elected Vice President after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator.
U.S. Secretary of State
Antony J. Blinken is the 71st U.S. Secretary of State. He was nominated by President Biden on November 23, 2020; confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 26, 2021; and sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris the following day.