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Deputy Chief of Mission Joaquin F. Monserrate
December 18, 2023

Joaquin F. Monserrate, a native of Puerto Rico, is a Foreign Service Officer at the Department of State.  He serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. mission for the seven countries and other jurisdictions of the eastern Caribbean.  Prior to that he was Director of the Office of Andean Affairs, which covers U.S. relations and interests in half of the countries of South America:  Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.

Joaquin, an Economics-coned officer, joined the Foreign Service in 1999.  His first assignment was in the Consulate General in Surabaya, Indonesia in 2000, where he returned as Consul General in 2012.  He led the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City from 2015 to 2018, the Economic and Political Section in the former U.S. Interests Section in Cuba from 2009 to 2012, and was the Deputy Chief of the Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, in Hanoi from 2007 to 2009.  He has also served in India and in the Department.

Joaquin is a lawyer and prior to joining the State Department he practiced criminal and civil litigation, and worked as a print reporter in San Juan.  He has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico. Joaquin is married to Michaela Newnham, whom he met while on third year abroad studies in England.  He loves sports and is equally unskillful at all the ones he practices.