Diplomat in Residence

Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career foreign service officers who are located throughout the United States and responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers in the U.S. Department of State. DIRs are available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in foreign and civil service careers, internships and fellowships. The current diplomat in residence for the Southern Mid-Atlantic region is Ambassador Arnold A. Chacón. He is jointly hosted by Duke University in the John Hope Franklin Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the FedEx Global Education Center. Contact Chacón at DIRMidAtlantic@state.gov.

Arnold A. Chacón

Arnold A. Chacón

A member of the career Senior Foreign Service most recently serving as director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources at the Department of State, Arnold A. Chacón began service in September 2017 as the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Chacón will be jointly hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Ambassador Chacón has served in a number of leadership positions in Latin America and Europe, including U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala from 2011 to 2014 and deputy chief of mission in Madrid. He has also served as the Department of State’s deputy executive secretary and at the United States Mission to the United Nations.

In his previous role, Ambassador Chacón led a team of 800 civil and Foreign Service employees who carry out the full range of human resources activities essential to recruiting, retaining and sustaining the U.S. Department of State’s 75,000-strong workforce.

Ambassador Chacón has led initiatives to promote work force diversity and inclusion, free and fair elections, respect for human rights and the rule of law. He has also directed crisis-management operations, worked with international partners to combat human trafficking and advanced regional free trade agreements.

Prior Diplomats in Residence

Jasper R. Daniels

Richard E. Jaworski

Julie A. Ruterbories

William E. Lucas

Ambassador Patrick D. Duddy

Stephen R. Kelly

Renee M. Earle

Deborah Schwartz

Ambassador David C. Litt

Pamela Corey-Archer

Ambassador Brenda Schoonover

Peter D. Whitney

Roy M. Melbourne