Ambassador Brownfield was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on January 10, 2011. As Assistant Secretary for INL, he is responsible for State Department programs combating illicit drugs and organized crime, as well as support for law enforcement and rule of law. INL currently manages a portfolio of more than $4 billion in more than 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Brownfield served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela (2004-07) and U.S. Ambassador to Chile (2002-04). He has also served overseas in Venezuela, El Salvador, Argentina, Switzerland, and Panama as temporary Political Adviser to the U.S. Southern Command.
In Washington his jobs have included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Director for Policy and Coordination in INL, Executive Assistant to the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
Ambassador Brownfield holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times. Ambassador Brownfield is a graduate of Cornell University (1974) and the National War College (1993). He attended the University of Texas School of Law (1976-78). He speaks Spanish and French. He is a native of the State of Texas.
Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in November, 2013. In this capacity he is responsible for State Department programs combating illicit drugs and organized crime, as well as support for law enforcement and rule of law in the Western Hemisphere.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Arreaga served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland from 2010 until 2013. Ambassador Arreaga is a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. Before his nomination as Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, he led State Department efforts to recruit and hire the largest increase in Foreign Service personnel in the U.S. State Department history.
He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Panama, U.S. Consul General in Vancouver, 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.
Luis Arreaga was born and raised in Guatemala before immigrating to the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he received a Ph.D. in economics and a Masters Degree in Management.
Ambassador Arvizu was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in February 2015. He directs INL program activities in Africa and the Middle East, as well as INL’s Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership (U.S. federal, state, and local levels) program.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Arvizu served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania from 2010 until 2015. He served twice as Deputy Chief of Mission: in Bangkok, Thailand from 2004 to 2007, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 2000 to 2003. His other overseas postings include the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, and the American Consulate-General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan.
In Washington, Ambassador Arvizu was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific with primary responsibility for U.S. policy toward Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Asian Regional Security from 2007 until 2009. From 1998 until 1999, he was assigned to the National Security Council, where he was the Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania. Earlier in his career, he was a staff officer in the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat, and later a Special Assistant in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Ambassador Arvizu is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. From 2003 until 2004, he was a member of the 46th Senior Seminar, recognized as the most prestigious Executive Leadership Program for senior U.S. Government officials. Ambassador Arvizu was born on a U.S. Army base in Gumma, Japan, and is a first-generation American. His mother was from Kyoto, Japan, and his father – a veteran of the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War – is a native of Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. The family settled in Colorado Springs, where he grew up. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1980. Ambassador Arvizu has studied several Asian languages, namely, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Khmer.
Deputy Assistant Secretary James A. Walsh
Term of Appointment: 01/05/2015 to present
James A. Walsh currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) where he oversees INL activities in Europe and Asia, the Department’s Air Wing, and INL’s Resource Management.
He previously served as the Executive Director/Controller for the bureau and has been with the Department of State for nearly 12 years where he led several efforts to strengthen criminal justice assistance programs including the development of an inter-agency Criminal Justice Sector Rating Tool. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Walsh worked in the private sector for five years supporting Fortune 500 companies. He also served nearly eight years in the U.S. Army where he had several overseas deployments leading aviation units.
James Walsh was born and raised in Northern Indiana. He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and an Master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A.) from Bowie State University.