Chargé d’Affaires

Chargé d’Affaires Lawrence J. Gumbiner

Lawrence J. Gumbiner is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, having joined the Department of State in 1988.  He currently serves as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

Mr. Gumbiner served from 2014-2017 as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, overseeing the operations of 19 U.S. Government agencies and 1400 personnel.  From 2012-14 he held the position of Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States, promoting U.S. policy in the hemisphere’s premier multilateral organization.

During the period 2010-12 Mr. Gumbiner was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, leading U.S. Government policy for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), and managing programs in the areas of sustainable development, science & technology cooperation, and conservation.

From 2006-2009 Mr. Gumbiner was Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, and from 2004-2005 Deputy Director for Regional Economic Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  He has also served as Environment, Science & Technology Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Director of the Environmental Hub for Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Other postings include U.S. Embassy Managua, and the State Department’s Office of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs.

Mr. Gumbiner holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Davis, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He is licensed to practice law in the State of California.