Biography

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Michael Fitzpatrick
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Term of Appointment: 07/03/2016 to present

Michael J. Fitzpatrick serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary (for Andean, Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs) in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Mike served 2014-2016 as Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and U.S. Coordinator for the Summit of the Americas. He previously served as Charge d’Affaires, a.i. and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Lima, Peru (2011-2014), and as Foreign Policy Advisor (“POLAD”) to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Department of Defense. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Mike’s earlier assignments include as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya (responsible for Kenya, Somalia and Southern Sudan) and as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. He has served as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; as Political Officer in Bogota, Colombia; as Political-Military Affairs Officer in Washington in support of U.S. and NATO involvement in the former Yugoslavia and the Dayton Peace Process; as a Line Officer in support of the Secretary of State; as Deputy Political-Military Officer and Consular Officer in Manila, the Philippines; and, as Political Officer in Lima, Peru.

First appointed to government in 1986 as a Presidential Management Fellow, working at the State Department in support of the Central American peace process, Mike joined the Foreign Service in 1988. He maintains a life-long interest in the fields of conflict prevention/resolution, civil-military relations, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and democratization issues. Personal pursuits include mountain climbing/trekking, cycling and other outdoor sports.

Mike is the recipient of the Director General’s Award for Reporting and Analysis, and the American Foreign Service Association’s W. Averell Harriman Award. Other awards include the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (6 times), plus multiple SFS Performance Awards, Meritorious Service Increases and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (International Security Policy) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Administration.

His foreign languages are Spanish and French.