Arnold A. Chacón

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Arnold Chacón
Director General of the United States Foreign Service
In office
December 22, 2014 – June 2, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byLinda Thomas-Greenfield
Succeeded byCarol Perez
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
In office
August 29, 2011 – March 5, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byStephen McFarland
Succeeded byTodd Robinson
Personal details
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Spouse(s)Alida Chacon
Alma materUniversity of Colorado, Boulder

Arnold A. Chacón (born 1956) is an American government official.

Personal life and education[edit]

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.[1] 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.[citation needed] He was a Fellow at the American Political Science Association,[citation needed] and is the recipient of the State Department's Presidential Rank Award and other leadership honors.[citation needed] He speaks Spanish and Italian.


  1. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2017-12-13.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stephen McFarland
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
Succeeded by
Todd Robinson
Preceded by
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Director General of the Foreign Service
Succeeded by
Carol Perez