Ambassador Kevin Whitaker

Visiting Faculty Member, Department of State

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Kevin Whitaker served as U.S. ambassador to Colombia from May 2014 to August 2019, the longest serving ambassador to that country in a century. During that period, Colombia signed and began implementing a historic peace accord. Prior to this appointment, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South America in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Ambassador Whitaker has served in the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission (2005-07). In addition, he previously served in a number of positions at the Department of State. In 2005, he won the Secretary’s Award for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy. A native of Virginia, Ambassador Whitaker received his degree from the University of Virginia. He is married to Elizabeth Whitaker, a former member of the Senior Foreign Service.