Chargé d’Affaires ad interim – Patrick H. Ventrell


Chargé d’Affaires ad interim

Patrick Ventrell is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. Since joining the State Department in 2003 he has served at the U.S. Embassies in Bogota, San Salvador, Baghdad, Santiago and twice at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.

From 2008-2011 Mr. Ventrell was Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. He joined the Bureau of Public Affairs at State Department Headquarters in 2011 as

Director of the Office of Press Relations. From 2012-2013 Patrick also served as Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the Department and was a regular briefer at the State Department Daily Press Briefing.

From 2013-2015 Mr. Ventrell served on detail to the National Security Council Staff at the White House as a Director of Communications and National Security Council Deputy Spokesperson. He served as the Economic and Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy Santiago from 2015-2018. From 2019-2020 Patrick was Director of the Office of Western Hemisphere Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the State Department where he oversaw a $500 million foreign assistance budget and INL programs in 24 countries. Patrick joined the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs as Director of Central American Affairs in December 2020.

Mr. Ventrell has a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is also distinguished graduate of National War College at the National Defense University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy. At the National War College, Patrick was also recognized for his scholarship and leadership with the Commandant’s Theodore Roosevelt Award as top graduate in his class and with the George Kennan Strategic Writing Award. Patrick is originally from Billings, Montana, and lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and three children.