The Southern African nation of Zambia will soon have a new ambassador in the person of Eric T. Schultz, a longtime diplomat who most recently served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 2010 to 2013. If confirmed by the Senate as expected, Schultz would succeed Mark C. Storella, who served in Lusaka starting in August 2010.
Born circa 1960, Schultz earned a B.A. at Macalester College in Minnesota in 1982, where he wrote a senior thesis entitled “Ethno-nationalism: Threat and Promise,” and an M.A. at the University of Denver.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service since the mid-1980s, Schultz served as political officer at the embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 1996 to 1998, and as deputy director for Ukrainian, Moldovan, and Belarusian Affairs at the State Department in Washington from 1998 to 2000.
From 2000 to 2002, he served as deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, returning to Washington to serve as deputy director in the Office of European Security Policy from 2002 to 2004.
From 2004 to 2007, Schultz was deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, and served as minister counselor for Economic Affairs at the embassy in Moscow, Russia, from 2007 to 2009.
Eric Schultz is married to Klaudia Schultz, with whom he has two sons, Alek and Adam.