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U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Hammer

U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Michael A. Hammer

March 6, 2014
U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Hammer

U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Hammer

Today, March 6, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Michael A. Hammer as U.S. Ambassador to Chile. 

On June 24, 2013 President Obama nominated Michael Hammer as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.  He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2014.

Ambassador Hammer previously served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from March 2012 to August 2013.  He also served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

Before joining the Bureau of Public Affairs, Ambassador Hammer served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Press and Communications, and National Security Council Spokesman from January 2009 to January 2011.  He also served at the National Security Council as Deputy Spokesman from 1999 to 2000 and as the Director of Andean Affairs from 2000 to 2001.

Ambassador Hammer is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service and entered the diplomatic corps in 1988.  His overseas postings include Bolivia, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. His other State Department assignments include the Operations Center and serving as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Ambassador Hammer has received several awards, including the Department’s Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.Ambassador Hammer earned a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also earned Master's degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and from the National War College at the National Defense University.
Ambassador Hammer grew up in Latin America, living in Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil.  He is fluent in Spanish and speaks French and Icelandic.  Ambassador Hammer and his wife Margrét Bjórgülfsdóttir have three children.