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Francisco (Paco) Palmieri
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Term of Appointment: 01/06/2014 to present

Francisco (Paco) Palmieri is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean from January 2014 to January 2016. As the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, he is responsible for the daily management of the Bureau’s 53 overseas U.S. diplomatic missions, 14,000 employees, and $290 million operating budget. He also oversees the Bureau’s regional policy implementation and $1.58 billion foreign assistance budget.

From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Palmieri served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat, where he managed the flow of information to Secretaries Kerry and Clinton and coordinated their overseas travel.

Mr. Palmieri served as the Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Office of Policy Planning and Coordination. He also served in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Spain, and Honduras. He led the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s (INL) Latin American and Caribbean Programs Office, where he was responsible for Plan Colombia and the Merida Initiative. He was the Director of Embassy Baghdad’s INL Office from 2010-2011. He also served as Director of the Near East and South and Central Asia Office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL).

Mr. Palmieri earned an M.S. in International Strategic Studies from the National War College. He received his A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and attended the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs prior to joining the Foreign Service.