Joe Salazar joined the State Department in 1998. His most recent assignment was as Deputy Director in Embassy Baghdad’s Southern Iraq Affairs Unit.
Mr. Salazar has served overseas in Seoul (1999-2001), Buenos Aires (2001-2003), Mexico City (2008-2010), Vancouver (2012-2015), Panama (2015-2018), Basrah (2018), and Baghdad (2019). He has also worked in Washington, as a Watch Officer in the Department of State’s Operations Center (2004) and at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2005), as well as Trade Policy Officer (2006-2008) and Deputy Director for Economic Policy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2010-2012).
Mr. Salazar was born in Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. He holds a number of awards and accolades from the Department of State as well as the World Customs Organization, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Mexican Customs Administration, and the Mexican Office of the Attorney General. His wife and two daughters reside in Vancouver and Virginia.