Ron Dermer was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He earned a degree in finance and management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. For three years, he was a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
In 2004, Ron co-authored with Natan Sharansky the best-selling book, The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, which has been translated into ten languages. From 2005-2008, Ron served as Israel's minister of economic affairs in the United States. From 2009-2013, he served as senior advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is currently Israel’s ambassador to the United States.
He is married to Rhoda and has five children.