Ambassador Michael J. Fitzpatrick
A career diplomat, with the rank of Minister Counselor, Michael J. Fitzpatrick served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs in charge of the Andean Region, Brazil, and the Southern Cone until 2018. He was the Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (2014-2016) and the United States Coordinator for the Summit of the Americas. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru (2011-2014), and as Foreign Policy Advisor to a four-star member of the Joint Chiefs at the Department of Defense (2009-2011). He was the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay (2006-2009).
His previous positions abroad include Nairobi, Kenya; Brussels, Belgium; Bogota Colombia; Manila, Philippines; and Lima, Peru. He also worked in Washington as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, as a member of the Secretary of State’s team, and in support of the participation of the United States and NATO during the Dayton Peace Process for the former Yugoslavia.
He has received numerous awards during his diplomatic career, including the Director General’s Award for Reporting and Analysis, the W. Averell Harriman Award from the American Foreign Service Association, and the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State on multiple occasions.
Fitzpatrick joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1988. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s in International Affairs (International Security Policy) from the School of Public and International Management at Columbia University.
His personal interests include mountaineering, hiking, biking, and other outdoor sports. He speaks Spanish and French. He is married to Silvana Valdivieso from Lima, Peru, and they have an adult daughter.