Sharon Umber became Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in January, 2021. Sharon arrived in Bucharest in June 2018 to serve as Consul General. She joined the Foreign Service in 2001. Her previous tours include as the Unit Chief for Africa and the Americas in in the Office of International Religious Freedom, as a Regional Consular Officer (providing guidance and support to officers in 10 to 12 small consular sections predominantly in Latin America), Consular Chief in Karachi, and as consular officer in Warsaw, Managua and Minsk. She has also served as a desk officer in Washington in the Visa Office and on the INR Watch.
Sharon grew up in Minnesota. She has a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Minnesota State University in Moorhead. She speaks Romanian, Spanish, Russian, as well as more limited Mandarin and Polish. Sharon has three adult children and two grandsons.