Deputy Chief of Mission Baxter Hunt

Mr. Hunt, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, serves as Deputy Chief of Mission in Santiago, Chile since August, 2017.  He previously served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Mr. Hunt’s overseas assignments include two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, most recently from 2013-2014 as Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section.  He has also served at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada; the U.S. Consulate General in Durban, South Africa; and the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

His domestic assignments have included serving in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs as Director of the Office of Ukraine/Moldova/Belarus Affairs and Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts; and in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Affairs as Director for Assistance to Europe, Central Asia and the Americas.

Mr. Hunt also served as Special Assistant to Under Secretaries of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman and Nicholas Burns.  Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Hunt was a Presidential Management Intern working in the State Department, the Department of Defense and the National Security Council.

Mr. Hunt received an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina.  He and his wife, Deborah Derrick, have three grown children, Stephanie, James and Lindsey.