REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Honduras
CANDIDATE: Francisco Luis Palmieri
Francisco Luis Palmieri, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, is currently Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State, a position he has held since January 2017. A former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and a long-time senior State Department official, Mr. Palmieri possesses cultural and linguistic fluency in the region as well as extensive leadership and interagency management expertise. He has demonstrated expertise in guiding critical U.S. national security and economic prosperity priorities in the region. His broad diplomatic experience, knowledge of the region, counternarcotics expertise and management abilities, make him an excellent candidate for Ambassador to Honduras.
Previously, Mr. Palmieri served in the Department of State as Deputy Executive Secretary, Executive Secretariat (2012-2014) and Office Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2011-2012). He was Director, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section, U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2010-2011). Again in the Department of State, he was Office Director, Latin American Programs, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (2008-20100 and Office Director, Near East and South and Central Asia, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (2006-2008). Mr. Palmieri was Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (2001-2005), Deputy Director, Secretariat Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State (2000-2001), Senior Watch Officer, Operations Center, Executive Secretariat, Department of State (1999-2000) and Congressional Liaison, Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Department of State (1997-1999). In the Department of State, he was also Senior Venezuela Desk Officer, Political Military Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Madrid, Philippines Desk Officer, Watch Officer, Operations Center, Human Rights Officer, U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador and Vice Consul, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Mr. Palmieri earned an A.B. at Princeton University, and a M.S. at the National War College. He is the recipient of ten notable senior State Department awards. Mr. Palmieri speaks Spanish.