Katherine Duffy Dueholm is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico and Central America at the U.S. Department of State. She began serving as the Director for Mexican Affairs in August 2020. She was the Director for Caribbean Affairs from 2018-2020 and the Director for Regional Affairs in the Department of State’s Legislative Affairs Bureau from 2016-2017. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Timor-Leste, including over six months as Charge d’Affaires. Her other overseas assignments include Brazil, Guyana, Botswana, and Germany. In Washington, she worked as a Special Assistant to then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; served on detail to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office as Deputy Director for the U.S-Chile Free Trade Agreement; managed regional affairs in the Office of Brazil and the Southern Cone, and worked on North Korean issues. Prior to joining the Department of State, she worked at the White House as part of the effort to secure passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Ms. Dueholm was formerly President of the Board at the American School of Brasilia and Treasurer of the National Capitol Area YWCA in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University, and Master’s Degrees from the George Washington University and the National Defense University.