Chargé d'Affaires Michael J. Fitzpatrick
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mike Fitzpatrick has served as Deputy Chief of Mission ("DCM") in Lima, Perú, since August 2011. He served until then in Washington as the Diplomatic/Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon.
Prior service abroad includes as DCM in Asunción, Paraguay; Political Counselor in Nairobi, Kenya; and Brussels, Belgium; and as a Political Officer in Bogotá, Colombia; Manila, the Philippines; and in Lima, Perú. Washington service also includes stints in the Office of the Secretary of State; Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs; and Office of European Political-Military Affairs. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1988, he began his government service in 1986, as a Presidential Management Fellow in the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
In addition to a number of Superior Honor Awards, Mike is the recipient of the Director General’s Award for Reporting and Analysis (2000), and the American Foreign Service Association’s W. Averell Harriman Award for Intellectual Courage and Creative Accomplishment (1991).
Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (International Security Policy) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Administration.
Mike and his wife, Silvana Valdivieso of Lima, Perú, have one daughter.