Consul General Richard (Rick) Yoneoka arrived in Hamburg in July 2016. Rick is a career Foreign Service Officer and began his diplomatic career in 1999. He is the Ambassador’s representative to the German states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Rick previously served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and long-term Charge d’Affaires in The Gambia. In this capacity, he managed the full spectrum of U.S.-Gambian bilateral relations. He also served as the Chairperson of the Banjul American Embassy School for several years.
With nearly two decades of government experience, he has served on four continents in his diplomatic career. As the American “Petroleum Attaché” in Venezuela his efforts resulted in the expansion of U.S. exports to Venezuela and uninterrupted oil sales in spite of strained bilateral relations. He also served as a board member of the international American school Las Morochas (Escuela Las Morochas) in Ciudad Ojeda. Rick previously served in Berlin, Germany – originally as a Political Officer, but later as Ambassador Dan Coats’ Staff Assistant. Rick has a Masters Degree from the National Defense University – Eisenhower School, a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and German from Tufts University. He also graduated from the Department of State’s Advanced Economics Seminar.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Rick worked in the Rochester, New York district office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter and taught English at the University of Lodz in post-Communist Poland. His foreign languages include German and Spanish. Rick is married and has three children. He and his family enjoy the outdoors and travelling together. Rick enjoys nearly all sports – watching and playing. He is also an Eagle Scout.