Donald Lu was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania on December 17, 2014. Prior to that assignment, he worked on the Ebola crisis in West Africa as Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response in the State Department. His overseas postings include Deputy Chief of Mission in India, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. He also served for a year as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan.
Mr. Lu is a Foreign Service Officer with 25 years of U.S. government service, including assignments in Pakistan, India, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Washington. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa from 1988-1990. As a Peace Corps volunteer he helped to restore hand-dug water wells and to teach health education and latrine construction.
Mr. Lu is from Huntington Beach, California. He graduated from Princeton University with both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in international relations. He is married to Dr. Ariel Ahart, a distinguished public health specialist. They have two children, Kip, age 13, and Aliya, age 9. He speaks Albanian, Russian, Georgian, Azerbaijani, Urdu, Hindi, and West African Krio. He enjoys biking, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with his family.