Dan Foote was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in September 2015. He oversees INL program activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in addition to INL’s Office of Anticrime Programs.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Foote was the Coordinating Director at Embassy Kabul, managing all U.S. civilian foreign assistance and law enforcement activities in Afghanistan. He served twice as Deputy Chief of Mission; in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Previously, he headed INL’s Colombia operations as INL Director at Embassy Bogotá, and led the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in Maysan province, Iraq. Dan also served as Management Counselor in Buenos Aires, and as a member of the Regional Reconstruction Team in Erbil, Iraq. His other overseas postings include Luxembourg, London, and Guadalajara, Mexico. In Washington, he has worked in the State Department’s Operations Center and in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
Mr. Foote holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University, where he lettered in football and track and field. After graduation, he worked as a natural gas trader/broker in the New York City area for several years. Thereafter, he devoted two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Bolivia, where he managed extensive development projects. After returning to the U.S., he taught high school Spanish and coached varsity football and track-and-field prior to joining the Department of State.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Dan is a native of Syracuse, New York, and attended high school in the Buffalo area.