Hugo F. Rodriguez, Jr. joined the Bureau of Consular Affairs as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary on February 13, 2023. Ambassador Rodriguez previously served in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico, Central America, and Migration from April 2019 to January 2021 and as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary until December 2021. He was nominated by President Biden as Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua and confirmed in September 2022. His previous assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affairs in Asuncion, Paraguay; Consul General in Mexico City, Mexico; and tours of duty in Lima, Peru; Rome, Italy; the Overseas Citizens Service Directorate in Consular Affairs, and two tours in the State Department Operations Center. Ambassador Rodriguez is a career Senior Foreign Service officer and joined the State Department in 2000.