Arnold A. Chacón
|Director General of the United States Foreign Service|
December 22, 2014 – June 2, 2017
|Preceded by||Linda Thomas-Greenfield|
|Succeeded by||Carol Perez|
|United States Ambassador to Guatemala|
August 29, 2011 – March 5, 2014
|Preceded by||Stephen McFarland|
|Succeeded by||Todd Robinson|
|Born||1956 (age 62–63)|
|Alma mater||University of Colorado, Boulder|
Arnold A. Chacón (born 1956) is an American government official.
Personal life and education
Ambassador Chacon grew up in Denver and received a bachelor's degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he attended on a full-ride academic scholarship granted by the Boettcher Foundation. His wife of 30 years, Alida Chacón, is also a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. They have three children.
He was most recently the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department of State. He was previously the United States Ambassador to Guatemala from August 29, 2011, to March 5, 2014. 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. While ambassador, Chacón also directed crisis management operations, worked with international partners to combat human trafficking, and advanced regional free trade agreements.
Chacón 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.
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