William A. Heidt, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to the Kingdom of Cambodia
Ambassador-Designate William (Bill) A. Heidt was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador-Designate to the Kingdom of Cambodia on August 5, 2015 by the U.S. Senate and sworn in on September 14, 2015.
Prior to his confirmation, Ambassador-Designate Heidt, a career member of the Foreign Service, served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the Department of State. In that role, Ambassador-Designate Heidt helped shape U.S. global engagement on international economic, trade, energy, and environmental issues, including Secretarial initiatives on wildlife trafficking, ocean conservation, and economic diplomacy.
From 2009-12, Ambassador-Designate Heidt served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. In Warsaw, he worked closely with the European Command to establish the first permanent U.S. military presence in Poland, directed preparations for a visit by President Obama, and managed the U.S. Government’s response to the tragic crash of the Polish President’s aircraft in 2010.
Ambassador-Designate Heidt’s other overseas tours include assignments in Jakarta, Indonesia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Poznan, Poland. After his tour in Phnom Penh, Ambassador-Designate Heidt was awarded the joint Department of State-Department of Labor “Excellence in Labor Diplomacy” award in 2000 in recognition of his outstanding work in support of workers’ rights and independent trade unions in Cambodia.
He has also served in domestic assignments in Washington and in New York as Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 2007-09 where he represented the United States on global development, economic, human rights, and democracy issues.
Ambassador-Designate Heidt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University. He is an honors graduate of the Department of State’s Economic Training Course, and speaks Polish, Cambodian, Indonesian, and German. He was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, and is married with one son.