Biography

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John S. Creamer
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Term of Appointment: 03/14/2016 to present

John Creamer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba, Mexico, Central America, and Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Policy and Summit issues.

Mr. Creamer is a career Foreign Service Officer with 30 years of experience. His overseas tours include service in Nicaragua, South Africa, Haiti, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia, where he served as Charge d'Affaires. Mr. Creamer has also served in Washington, DC, as Senior Desk Officer for Brazil, South Africa, and Colombia, Deputy Director of the Office of Andean Affairs, and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Prior to assuming the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Creamer served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then as Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, FL where he was responsible for overseeing the development of USSOUTHCOM regional strategy, as well as the Command’s strategic communications, public affairs activities, and human rights programs.

Mr. Creamer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. He has been awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award four times as well as numerous Group awards.

Before joining the Department of State in 1986, Mr. Creamer received a Bachelor's degree in Government from Georgetown University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. In 1985, Mr. Creamer received a Fulbright Scholarship to Malaysia. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.