Arnold A. Chacón

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Arnold A. Chacón
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
In office
29 August 2011 – 3 March 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Stephen G. McFarland
Succeeded by Todd D. Robinson
Personal details
Spouse(s) Alida Chacon

Arnold A. Chacón began his duties as the United States Ambassador to Guatemala on Monday August 29, 2011, after presenting his credentials. A career U.S. Foreign Service officer, he has served in a number of leadership positions in Latin America and Europe, including Deputy Chief of Mission in Madrid. He has led initiatives to promote free and fair elections, advance respect for human rights, and support rule of law. Ambassador Chacon has also directed crisis management operations, worked with international partners to combat human trafficking, and advanced regional free trade agreements.

Once finished his mission in Guatemala, Ambassador Chacon was nominated to become the new Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, at the Department of State.[1]

Ambassador Chacon has served as the State Department Deputy Executive Director in Washington, D.C. and at the United States Mission to the United Nations. He was a Fellow at the American Political Science Association, and is the recipient of the State Department’s Presidential Rank Award and other leadership honors. He speaks Spanish and Italian.

Ambassador Chacon grew up in Denver and received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His wife of 25 years, Alida Chacon, is also a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. They have three children.


  1. ^ [1] President Obama's announcement on Ambassador Chacon's nomination

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