Ambassador Michael J. Fitzpatrick
A career diplomat with the rank of Minister Counselor, Michael J. Fitzpatrick has served as U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador since June 2019. Prior Senior Foreign Service stints include service as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2016-2018); Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (2014-2016) and the United States Coordinator for the 2015 Summit of the Americas; 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 the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, a four-star member of the Joint Chiefs at the Department of Defense (2009-2011). Fitzpatrick also served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay (2006-2009).
Earlier positions abroad include Nairobi, Kenya; Brussels, Belgium; Bogota Colombia; Manila, Philippines; and Lima, Peru. Earlier Washington assignments include service as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, as a member of the Secretary of State’s “Line” team, and as pol-mil officer (EUR/RPM) in support of the participation of the United States and NATO during the war in Bosnia and the Dayton Peace Process for the former Yugoslavia.
Fitzpatrick has received more than two dozen Departmental awards during his diplomatic career, including the Director General’s Award for Reporting and Analysis, seven SFS Performance Awards, and six individual Superior Honor Awards. He is also recipient of the W. Averell Harriman Award from the American Foreign Service Association.
After first joining the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1986, 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.