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Kevin Whitaker has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South America in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs since June 2011. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.
Mr. Whitaker has served in the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission, 2005-2007. In addition, he previously served in a number of positions at the Department of State, including as coordinator of the office of Cuban affairs (2002-05), Deputy Executive Secretary (2007-08), and director of the office of Andean affairs (2008-11). In 2005, he won the Secretary’s Award for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy.
A native of Virginia, Mr. Whitaker took his degree from the University of Virginia.
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