Hugo F. Rodriguez, Jr. became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs in May 2019. A career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Rodriguez served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay, from July 2016 to April 2019, and as the Embassy’s Charge d’ Affaires from January 2017 to March 2018.
During his career as a Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Rodriguez served as Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City from July 2014 to June 2015, and as the Mission’s Acting Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs from June 2015 to June 2016. While there, he led the effort to document and gain social service access for the estimated 500,000 U.S. citizen children of Mexican parents living in the country. He previously served as Deputy Director of the Office of Mexican Affairs, as Division Chief for the Western Hemisphere in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Overseas Citizen Services office, and as a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer in the Executive Secretariat’s Operations Center.
Mr. Rodriguez has also served abroad at U.S. Embassies in Lima, Peru and Rome, Italy. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College.