Ricardo Zúñiga

United States |  Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, US Department of State


Ricardo Zúñiga is the special envoy for the Northern Triangle at the US Department of State. He was the interim director of the Brazil Institute and a senior diplomatic fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center Latin America Program. Previous assignments include a tour as the director of the International Student Management Office at the National Defense University, service as U.S. Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2015 to 2018, special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2012 to 2015, and political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 2010 to 2012. Zúñiga also worked in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs, the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and as the desk officer for Uganda and Tanzania. He served overseas at U.S. missions in Matamoros, Mexico, Lisbon, Havana, and Madrid. Zúñiga was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia.

Zúñiga was an event speaker at the Dialogue.

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