Richard Buangan is a public diplomacy-coned career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, who joined the Department of State in 1999. His overseas assignments have included Jerusalem, Beijing, Paris, and Abidjan. Richard was most recently a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs and served as an Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. He has also served several assignments in the Bureau of Public Affairs, including Managing Director for International Media and Director of the Office of Digital Engagement, and has worked on the Secretariat Staff. He holds numerous State Department awards and honors.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and speaks French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.