Mark C. Johnson has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy San Salvador since August 2016. He is a Senior Foreign Service Officer, having joined the Department of State in 1993 and served on four continents. Working with the Ambassador, Mark leads the 19 agency, 650-person team on strategy and operations in pursuit of some of the hemisphere’s most significant priorities: stemming illegal migration, fighting gangs such as MS-13, and countering narcotics trafficking.
Previously, Mark served as Spokesman at Embassy Mexico City, leading 29 agencies, nine consulates, and 2700 employees in creating campaigns and messaging through traditional and social media to support the Merida Initiative, migration, and other law enforcement and economic objectives.
He was the Economic Section Chief in the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, and as an Economic Officer in London, he ran the terrorist finance and Iran sanctions group with U.S. and UK law enforcement and intelligence, successfully helping the UK strengthen its Iran Sanctions laws. As the Deputy Political/Economic Counselor in Sofia, Bulgaria, Mark worked closely with USEU to press American interests in trade, energy, telecoms, and other areas. He also served in Washington on the Secretary of State’s Executive Secretariat Staff and in embassies Madrid, Guatemala City and Buenos Aires.
Mark received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Boston College in 1987, and a Juris Doctorate from American University in 1992. He is married and has three sons.