Carol Z. Perez

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Ambassador to Chile
Term of Appointment: 09/30/2016 to present

Carol Z. Perez, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate July 14, 2016 as U.S. Ambassador to Chile.

She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State from 2015 to 2016. Ambassador Perez also served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2013 to 2015 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2011 to 2013. Prior assignments include U.S. Consul General in Milan, Italy, from 2009 to 2011 and in Barcelona, Spain from 2001 to 2003. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1987, Ambassador Perez has held positions in the Office of the Under Secretary for Management, the Executive Secretariat, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. She speaks Spanish and Italian.

Ambassador Perez received a B.A. from Hiram College in Political Science and an M.A. in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University.