Patrick Dunn is a Career Member of the United States Senior Foreign Service. Mr. Dunn currently serves as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of U.S. Army South, in San Antonio, Texas, the U.S. Army Component Command of U.S. Southern Command. In this capacity, he provides foreign policy counsel regarding relations with 31 countries and 16 dependent territories of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Prior to that, he served as Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he led a team helping Iraq to confront corruption, strengthen counter-Daesh efforts, and promote Iraqi economic growth and energy self-sufficiency.
Prior to Baghdad, Mr. Dunn served as Director of the Office of Agricultural Trade and Biotechnology, where he and his team promoted U.S. agricultural exports and defended science-and evidence-based decision making to protect consumer safety.
As Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Dunn oversaw the diplomatic activities and bilateral engagement of nearly 20 U.S. government agencies. He supported negotiation of updated extradition and military cooperation treaties, joint counter-narcotics operations, and initiation of U.S. Customs Preclearance operations.
Mr. Dunn has served in several assignments focusing on energy diplomacy, including as an Energy and Resources officer covering Africa, as the leader of an interagency team to assist Iraq in restoring its post-conflict energy sector, and as Acting Director of Energy Diplomacy in the Bureau of Energy and Natural Resources.
As Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé of the U.S. Embassy in Cape Verde, Mr. Dunn coordinated with U.S. African Command to enhance collaboration with Cape Verde and provide greater maritime domain awareness in the fight against drug and weapons smuggling and illegal fishing in the eastern Atlantic.
Mr. Dunn has also served tours of duty in Turkey, Honduras, Mexico, Cuba, the Philippines, and the Western Hemisphere Bureau’s Office of Trade Affairs.
Mr. Dunn is a 2013 Distinguished Graduate of the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, where he earned a Master of Science of National Security and Resource Strategy with a specialization in long-term strategy. He is the recipient of seven Department of State Superior or Meritorious Honor Awards. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is married and he and his wife currently reside in San Antonio, Texas.