Leslie B. Rowe Bio
From American Embassy, Port Morseby, Papua New Guinea, 2007
Leslie V. Rowe was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu
on September 5, 2006. Her previous posting was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the
largest U.S. Embassy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ms. Rowe joined the Foreign Service in 1983 and is a member of the Senior Foreign Service.
Previous assignments include: Consul General in Bangkok, Thailand; Consul General in Lisbon, Portugal; Director of the Office
of Children’s Issues at the Department of State; country desk officer for Chile; Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate
in Recife, Brazil. She has also served in San Jose, Costa Rica and in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ms. Rowe comes from the State of Washington. She received a B.A. from Washington State University,
an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an M.Ed. from Northeastern University. She also holds
a certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany. Prior to joining the Foreign
Service, Ms. Rowe served as Director of the International Office at Tufts University. She has also taught foreign languages
at the secondary school level.
Ms. Rowe speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish. She is married to Theodore Dieffenbacher,
and they have three children.