Ms. Barks-Ruggles is the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda. She previously served for three years as U.S. Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa. From January 2009-July 2011, Ms. Barks-Ruggles served as the Deputy to the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, leading the Washington office for Ambassador Susan Rice and serving on the Deputies Committee. She is a career Foreign Service Officer and has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and has been posted to India, Norway, and South Africa. From 1996-1999 she was a Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, where she led the successful effort to pass the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations studying the economic impacts of HIV/AIDS on businesses in Southern Africa at the height of the AIDS crisis.