Biography

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Richard H. Glenn
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Term of Appointment: 09/2017 to present

Richard H. Glenn is Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), where he previously served as the Office Director for Western Hemisphere Programs from July 2015 to September 2017. In this capacity, Richard Glenn oversees the Department’s Air Wing and is responsible for foreign assistance programs in the Western Hemisphere that combat illicit drugs and organized crime and support law enforcement and rule of law. INL’s Western Hemisphere Programs comprise an annual appropriation of more than $500 million with programs in more than 20 countries administered by more than 1,000 employees and contractors.

Mr. Glenn began working with INL in 2011 in Mexico City implementing the U.S. Government’s marquee security assistance program, the Merida Initiative. As Deputy Director he oversaw the operational implementation of the $2 billion initiative and guided the policy and program coordination process with the Government of Mexico.

Since joining the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 1999, Mr. Glenn has served in Guayaquil, Ecuador (2000-2002); Pretoria, South Africa (2002-2004); Prague, Czech Republic (2005-2008); Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008-2011) and Mexico City, Mexico (2011-2015).

Mr. Glenn is a graduate of Brigham Young University (1999). He speaks Spanish and Czech. He is a native of the State of California.