Luis E. Arreaga

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Luis E. Arreaga
Luis E. Arreaga official portrait.jpg
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
Assumed office
October 3, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byTodd D. Robinson
United States Ambassador to Iceland
In office
September 20, 2010 – November 23, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byCarol van Voorst
Succeeded byRobert C. Barber
Personal details
Born1952 (age 66–67)
Spouse(s)Mary F. Kelsey
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Luis Edmundo Arreaga-Rodas[1] (born 1952) is a Guatemalan American diplomat and government official who serves as the United States Ambassador to Guatemala. He previously served as United States Ambassador to Iceland from 2010 until 2013. In January 2016, he was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In June 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Arreaga to become the United States Ambassador to Guatemala.[2] This nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2017.[3]

Early life & education[edit]

Arreaga was born in Guatemala City in 1952 to a migrant worker and an elementary school teacher. At age 18 immigrated to the US and began attending Milwaukee Area Technical College. Arreaga transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a master’s in management and a Ph.D in economics in 1981.[4]


He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Panama; U.S. Consul General in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and as director of the Executive Secretariat Staff at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. He has also served as Deputy Director of the State Department's Operations Center and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Other overseas postings include United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, the United States Embassy in Spain, and the Agency for International Development in Peru, El Salvador, and Honduras.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Arreaga married Mary Kelsey in 1973, whom he met during his time on the Milwaukee Area Technical College fencing team. Arreaga and Kelsey have a daughter, Melania, who served in the Foreign Service; and two sons: Juan Carlos and Luis.[4]

He became a U.S. citizen in 1975.[4]


  1. ^ "PN2230 — Foreign Service". U.S. Congress. November 14, 2002. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Louis E. Arreaga. Biography from the United States Department of State. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "PN721 — Luis E. Arreaga — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Straehley, Steve (July 19, 2017). "United States Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Luis Arreaga?". AllGov. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Luis E. Arreaga Share". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved November 2, 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Carol van Voorst
United States Ambassador to Iceland
Succeeded by
Robert C. Barber
Preceded by
Todd D. Robinson
David Hodge (as Chargé d'Affaires)
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
Succeeded by