Norman L. Eisen, Ambassador of the United States to the Czech Republic
Norman L. Eisen has served as the United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic since January 2011. During his tenure in Prague he has emphasized three pillars of the U.S.-Czech relationship.
First, he has broadened the strategic relationship between our two nations, including helping to advance a Multilateral Aviation Training Center in the Czech Republic. This was the first new NATO Smart Defense program to be agreed to by the U.S.
Second, he has advocated for U.S.-Czech economic ties. He and the Embassy team have worked with Fortune 100 companies and SME's alike in sectors including energy, IT, aviation, health care, media and many more.
Third, he has championed our two nations' shared values. He and his Embassy colleagues have partnered with the Czechs on fighting corruption and on defending civil rights for LGBT, Roma and other minorities.
Prior to coming to Prague, from January 2009 to January 2011, Ambassador Eisen served in the White House as Special Counsel to the President and Special Assistant to the President. In that capacity, he helped lead the Obama Administration's initiatives on government ethics, lobbying regulation and open government. He was dubbed “Mr. No” by the Washington Post for the tough compliance program he helped implement. His portfolio also included campaign finance law, whistleblower protection and other reform issues, and he served as the White House Counsel representative on the interagency group that produced the administration blueprint for the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform.
Ambassador Eisen has also been active in civil society. In 2001, he co-founded Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group. He was also the co-founder of Kids Computer Workshop, an after-school program for at-risk children. From 1985 to 1988, the Ambassador served as Assistant Director of the Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith (ADL), a national civil rights organization.
Ambassador Eisen was born in Los Angeles, California on November 11, 1960. He received his J.D. degree in 1991 from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Brown University in 1985, both with honors. He is married to Lindsay Kaplan, an Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University. The couple has one daughter, Tamar.
Ambassador Eisen’s tenure in the Czech Republic is also notable because his mother was born in the former Czechoslovakia and survived the Holocaust. The Ambassador’s Residence formerly served as Nazi military headquarters in occupied Prague during World War II. It is now the scene of weekly Sabbath celebrations featuring food prepared in the strictly kosher kitchen.