Mr. Eppler is an Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State. From 2017 to 2018, he was Director of the Office of Regional Economic Policy and the Summit of the Americas in the Western Hemisphere Bureau. He served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile from 2014 to 2017. He also served as the Chief of the Energy, Climate Change and Environment Unit at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, Economic Counselor in both Baghdad and Ankara, Consul General in Yekaterinburg, Financial Economist in Buenos Aires, Deputy Treasury Attache in Moscow and Director for Central America and the Caribbean in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He speaks Spanish and Russian, and a limited amount of Turkish. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Eppler was an attorney in private practice in New Mexico and Colorado.