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Diplomat In Residence

Ken ChavezKen Chavez

Ken Chavez joined the Foreign Service in 2004 and was most recently the Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, where he oversaw all aspects of consular operations, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing and routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens.

Before his assignment to Managua, Ken was the Media Unit Chief and Spokesperson for the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C., where he engaged with foreign and domestic press on complex consular issues and conducted outreach on various topics such as the U.S. State Department’s efforts to facilitate travel and tourism to the United States, the Department’s role in border security, and how U.S. citizens can travel safely abroad.

Ken also served as a Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center, a 24-hour communication and crisis management center that monitors world events, prepares briefings for the Secretary and other Department principals, and facilitates communication between the Department and the rest of the world.

Prior to his assignments in Washington, Ken served as a Consular Officer in Guadalajara, Mexico and Beijing, China. In Beijing, Ken was also Staff Assistant to the Ambassador and served in the interagency Joint Operations Center during the Beijing Olympics.

Ken is a native of the Southwest United States. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he attended the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in English and Creative Writing. Ken is married and has two children. He has family throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ken worked as a Sales and Operations Manager for Apple Inc. in Austin, Texas and was an adjunct instructor of English at Austin Community College.

Ken is thrilled to talk with those considering internships, fellowships, and future careers about the extraordinary opportunities the State Department offers to serve their country in the Foreign and Civil Service.

Please contact Ken by email at DIRsouthwest@state.gov