Randy W. Berry ’87, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has been confirmed to be the next U.S. ambassador to Nepal. He previously was the State Department’s first Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons (2015 – 2017). This is his first ambassadorial post.
Born in 1965 in Hillside, Colorado, Berry grew up on a cattle ranch owned by his parents, Russell and Eunice. Graduating from Custer County High School in 1983, Berry went on to earn a B.A. at Bethany College in 1987.
“For any college or university’s graduate to go on to become an ambassador is a high honor,” President Will Jones said. “We are very proud of Ambassador Berry’s achievement and are grateful for his service to our country.”
Berry began as an international training manager for America West Airlines in Phoenix and moved into the Foreign Service in 1993. He was assigned as Vice Consul in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1996-1998) and then took a related job in Cairo, Egypt (1996-1998). Berry’s other assignments include Political Section Chief, and then Regional Refugee Coordinator, at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda (1998 – 2002); Senior Desk Officer for South Africa, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State (2002 – 2003); and Deputy Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town, South Africa (2003 – 2007).
Ambassador Berry’s first assignment in Nepal came in 2007, when he was named Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy there. Moving to Auckland, New Zealand, Berry was a Principal Officer and Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General, Auckland, New Zealand (2009 -2012). He then held the same office at the U.S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012-2015). He was the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State (2016-2017).
Randy and his husband, Pravesh Singh, have a son, Xander, and a daughter, Arya. Berry speaks Spanish and Arabic. He is the recipient of 10 notable State Department awards and was a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholar (1988).
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. Bethany connects its past, present, and future with distinctive initiatives like Swedes to Sweden, a free service-learning trip for the sophomore class to Sweden, and the Good Life Scholarship, presenting all local high school graduates with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the college. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.