On January 20th, 2021, Brendan O’Brien assumed the position of the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in San Salvador. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Charge O’Brien has served as Deputy Chief of Mission (2019-2021), Consul General at the United States Embassy in San Salvador (2017-2019) and at the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014-2017). Previously, he was Director of the Office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management in Washington D.C. (2012-2014).
He served two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Consul General and Press Attaché (2008-2010) and then worked on the Afghanistan Desk in Washington D.C. He also held various diplomatic positions abroad in Bogota, Colombia (2005-2007) and Canberra, Australia (2003-2005). Prior to the State Department, Brendan was an International Advisor at Middlebury College in Vermont, the Coordinator of the Boston Peace Corps Office, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay.
Brendan earned a Masters in International Relations from Universidad de Externado in Bogota, Colombia and a B.A. in Literature and Theatre from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He speaks Spanish, Dari, and Guarani.