|Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) with Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos|
|44th Netherlands Ambassador to the United States|
1 September 2008 – 31 May 2012
|Prime Minister||Jan Peter Balkenende
|Preceded by||Christiaan Kröner|
|Born||Regina Veronica Maria Bos
20 December 1952
|Political party||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Residence||Washington, D.C., United States|
Mrs. Regina Veronica Maria (Renée) Jones-Bos was the 44th representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States of America. Ambassador Jones-Bos presented her Letters of Credential to President George W. Bush on September 18, 2008. This appointment marks a return to the United States for Jones-Bos, where she initially served as First Secretary to the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington from 1987 to 1990. Since 2011 she serves as the Director-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.
Jones-Bos possesses extensive experience in diplomacy and has steadily risen through the ranks of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her appointment to Washington, Jones-Bos served as the Director-General for Regional Policy and Consular Affairs and as Ambassador -at- Large for Human Rights.
Jones-Bos also served as the Head of the Security Council Task Force of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previous duties within the Ministry also included: Deputy Chief of Mission to the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic; Head of Recruitment & Training; and postings in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Paramaribo, Suriname; and Moscow, USSR.
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jones-Bos began her career as a translator/interpreter. The Ambassador speaks, French, German, Italian and Russian.
Jones-Bos has held several board positions throughout her career with many institutions including: the Supervisory Board of the Leiden University Medical Center; the Netherlands Society for International Affairs; the Advisory Board of the University of Tilburg; and the Selection Board of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Russian Studies from the University of Sussex (U.K) and a degree in Russian and English Studies, Politics and Economics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). She grew up in the Dutch town of Oud-Beijerland in the province of South Holland.
Jones-Bos and her husband, Dr Richard Jones, have two children.
About Her Work
Ambassador Jones: "For more than 400 years, the Netherlands and the United States have been joined by the values of freedom, justice and an entrepreneurial spirit. A vibrant economic force, the Netherlands is also the third largest investor in America and a reliable trade and investment partner to the U.S. Together with my team at the Embassy and the Dutch Consulates General and Honorary Consuls in the U.S., we promote strong bilateral relations between the United States and the Netherlands in the areas of security and international law; food and nutrition; energy and climate; and water management."