Lawrence J. Gumbiner is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, having joined the Department of State in 1988. He most recently served overseas as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana (2017-18) and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lima (2014-2017).
From 2012-2014, Mr. Gumbiner served as Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States. Mr. Gumbiner held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science from 2010-2012, where among other duties he coordinated the U.S. Government’s preparation for the 2012 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20).
From 2006-2009, Mr. Gumbiner was Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, serving as chief advisor to the Ambassador on Trade, Finance, and Environmental matters. From 2004-2005, he was Deputy Director for Regional Economic Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Gumbiner served as Environment, Science and Technology Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel from 2001 to 2004. Between 1997 and 2001, he established and led the U.S. Government’s first Environmental Hub for Central America and the Caribbean, located at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica. Other postings include Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, and Mercosur Liaison in the State Department’s Office of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs.
Mr. Gumbiner is from Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is licensed to practice law in the state of California.