Francisco (Paco) Palmieri is the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he also served as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 2017 to November 2017. Mr. Palmieri served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean from January 2014 to January 2016.
From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Palmieri served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat. He served as the Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Office of Policy, Planning, and Coordination. He also served in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Spain, and Honduras. He led the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s (INL) Latin American and Caribbean Programs Office. He was the Director of Embassy Baghdad’s INL Office from 2010-2011. He also served as Director of the Near East and South and Central Asia Office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).
Mr. Palmieri earned an M.S. in International Strategic Studies from the National War College. He received his A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and attended the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs prior to joining the Foreign Service.