Todd C. Chapman arrived in Ecuador as U.S. Ambassador on January 29, 2016. He is a diplomat with more than 25 years of experience in the foreign service.
Ambassador Chapman was Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs as of November 2015. Prior to this position, he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, working together with the 350 personnel in the Bureau to advance global security relationships, administer over $6 billion in security assistance, and negotiate security agreements around the world.
Ambassador Chapman previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia from 2011-2014, managing the 1400-person mission and a wide range of economic, commercial and political issues. As the Senior Deputy Coordinator for Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, he provided policy direction and oversight for over $4 billion in foreign assistance. He was Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from 2007-2010, implementing over $500 million in assistance programs. Earlier assignments completed include in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Taiwan, and in Washington DC several times. Todd joined the State Department in 1990 and is a Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Todd received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the National Intelligence University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in New York and Saudi Arabia as a commercial banker.