American Diplomats of Hispanic Descent

Ambassador Frank Almaguer

Ambassador Franj Almaguer joined USAID in 1979. He served as the Ambassador to Honduras from 1999 to 2002. Read his full oral history HERE.

 

 

Ambassador Cresencio S. Arcos Jr

Ambassador Crensencio S. Arcos Jr. joined the Foreign Service in 1973. He served as Ambassador to Honduras from 1989 to 1993.

 

Ambassador Diego Asencio

Ambassador Diego Asencio entered the Foreign Service in 1957. He served as the Ambassador to Colombia from 1977 to 1980 and as the Ambassador to Brazil from 1983 to 1986. Read his oral histories  HERE and HERE. He was featured in a “Moment in Diplomatic History” – “Our Man is Inside. The U.S. Ambassador, kidnapped at a Reception”.

 

Marcia Bernbaum

Marcia Bernbaum joined USAID in 1977. She served as the appointed deputy of the Office of Caribbean Affairs. Read her full oral history HERE.

 

 

Ambassador Philip Carter

Ambassador Phillip Carter entered the Foreign Service in 1982. He has served as Ambassador to Guinea from 2007 to 2008 and as Ambassador to Cote-D’Ivoire from 2010 to 2013.

 

 

 

James N. Cortada

James N. Cortada joined the Foreign Service in 1942. He served as the consul general in Barcelona, Spain from 1967-1970. Read his full oral history HERE. He was featured in a “Moment in Diplomatic History” – “We Don’t Gibe a Dam – The Feud over Financing the Aswan High Dam“.

 

 

 

Samuel De Palma

Samuel De Palma joined the Foreign Service in 1945. He served as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1969 to 1973. Read his full oral history HERE.

 

 

 

Ambassador Lino Gutierrez

Ambassador Lino Gutierrez entered the Foreign Service in 1977. He served as Ambassador to Nicaragua from 1996 to 1999 and as Ambassador to Argentina from 2003 to 2006. read his full oral history HERE.  He has been featured in two “Moments in Diplomatic History” – “Little Boy Lost. The Case of Elian Gonzalez” and “Recant and Released – Smoking Gun Shoots Blanks”.

 

 

Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo

Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo was a political appointee under President Carter.  She served as Ambassador to Honduras from 1977 to 1980. Read her full oral history HERE. She was featured in a “Moment in Diplomatic History” – “Mari-Luci Jaramillo: Shoemaker’s Daughter to Madame Ambassador“.

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Joseph John Jova

Ambassador Joseph John Jova  joined the Foreign Service in 1947. He served as Ambassador to Mexico from 1973 to 1977. Read his full oral history HERE.

 

 

Charles Lahiguera

Charles Lahiguera joined the Foreign Service in 1963. He served as Chief of Mission in Mbabane, Swaziland from 1983 to 1985. Read his full oral history HERE. He was featured in a “Moment in Diplomatic History” – “The Lion King of Swaziland”.

 

 

Ambassador Helen LaLime.

Ambassador Helen LaLime joined the Foreign Service in 1980. She served as Ambassador to Mozambique from 2003 to 2006 and as Ambassador to Angola from 2014-2017.

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Francis V. Ortiz Jr.

Ambassador Francis V. Ortiz Jr. joined the Foreign Service in 1952. He served as Ambassador to Peru from 1981 to 1983 and Ambassador

to Argentina from 1983 to 1986.

 

 

Frank H. Perez

Frank H. Perez joined the Foreign Service in 1967. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara Turkey from 1983 to 1984 and as Deputy Director of the Office of Combatting Terrorism from 1979 to 1983. Read his full oral history HERE.

 

 

Jose “Pepe” Perez Del Rio

Jose Perez Del Rio joined the Foreign Service in 1961. He served as the director of the Voice of America show “Buenos Dias America” from 1961 to 1986.Read his full oral history HERE.

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Alberto M. Piedra

Ambassador Alberto M. Piedra joined the Foreign Service in 1982. He served as Ambassador to Guatemala from 1984 to 1987. Read his full oral history HERE.

 

 

 

Ambassador Peter Romero

Ambassador Peter Romero joined the Foreign Service in 1977. He served as Ambassador to Ecuador from 1993 to 1996 and as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2000 to 2001. Read his full oral history HERE. He was featured in a “Moment in Diplomatic History” – “Billion Dollar ‘Plan Colombia’ to End Decades of Civil War”

 

Ambassador Fernando Rondon

Ambassador Fernando Rondon joined the Foreign Service in 1961. He served as Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros from 1980 to 1983 and as Ambassador to Ecuador from 1985 to 1988. read his full oral history HERE.

 

Abelardo L. Valdez

Abelardo L. Valdez joined USAID in 1977. He served as Assistant Administrator for Latin America from 1977 to 1979 and as Chief of Protocol from 1979 to 1981. Read his full oral history HERE.