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 include Jerusalem, Beijing, Paris, and Abidjan. Richard was most recently Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and served several assignments in the Bureau of Public Affairs, including Managing Director for International Media and Director of the Office of Digital Engagement. Richard has also worked on the Secretariat Staff and 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.

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