Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador
In August 2019, David Gosney assumed the position of Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. A career Foreign Service Officer with more than 16 years of experience, Mr. Gosney serves as the Acting Mission Director for USAID El Salvador.
Prior to joining the El Salvador Mission, he served as the USAID Deputy Mission Director in South Sudan from 2016 to 2017, and in multiple Office Director positions overseeing U.S. assistance in areas including government financing, central bank operations, microfinance, agricultural development, biodiversity conservation, road construction, rural development, off-grid electricity production, and U.S. Government engagement with regional institutions. This includes serving as the Director of the General Development Office in USAID’s Regional Development Mission to Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2013 to 2015; the Director of the Economic Growth Office in South Sudan from 2010 to 2012; and the Director of the Economic Growth Office in Georgia from 2005 to 2010. He was also one of the first USAID officers to deploy to Iraq, where he served as Deputy Director of USAID’s Economic Growth Office from 2004 to 2005 in support of postwar stabilization and development efforts in coordination with other U.S. Government agencies and military forces.
A native of San Diego, California, Mr. Gosney received his Bachelor of Science from Humboldt State University in 1991; a Master of International Affairs specializing in Economic Policy from Columbia University in 1998; and a Master of National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2016. Prior to joining USAID, he served as an economist at the Institute of International Finance, and was a member of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Zimbabwe, where he taught secondary-level math and science from 1991 to 1993.