U.S Ambassador to El Salvador
Ambassador Ronald D. Johnson was appointed by President Donald J. Trump as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador on July 3, 2019. Ambassador Johnson has a broad spectrum of experience with over four decades of service and leadership in the U.S. government and with substantive engagement on a wide range of regional issues including refugees, counter-narcotics, counter terrorism, human rights and tropical virus disease control. He has also served as a Senior Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida, where he managed interagency collaboration and provided geo-political advice.
He lived in Latin America for over six years and has traveled extensively throughout the entire region. His extensive regional experience and keen understanding of U.S. policy priorities and regional challenges have strengthened his ability to work effectively on complex issues in the interagency, and in bi-lateral and multi-lateral environments.
Prior to his confirmation, Ambassador Johnson served as the Central Intelligence Agency’s Science and Technology Liaison to the U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Florida. As a former Senior CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer, he has held numerous leadership assignments and led missions on a worldwide basis, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.
From 1984-1998, Ambassador Johnson served in the U.S. Army and retired as a Special Forces Colonel. Prior to that, he had served in the Alabama Army National Guard, enlisting as a private in 1971 and reaching the rank of Captain before going on to active duty in 1984.
Ambassador Johnson earned his B.S. from the University of the State of New York, and his M.S. from the National Intelligence University. He speaks Spanish and is the recipient of numerous awards for his cumulative service.
Ambassador Johnson is married to Alina Arias Johnson. Together they have four grown children and five grandchildren. The couple now call Florida home but the Ambassador is an Alabama native and a passionate University of Alabama football fan.