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Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Fennell
August 1, 2020

Portrait of Daniel Fennell

Daniel Fennell is an American diplomat and career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the grade of Minister Counselor. In over two decades of service in the public sector he has served abroad in Iraq, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada and Ghana. In Washington, he served in the office of the Secretary of State for both Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, the International Organizations Bureau, the Office of Iraq Affairs, the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and served on the faculty of the National Defense University. He joined the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala in 2020 as the Deputy Chief of Mission.

Mr. Fennell earned his Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature with Honors from Brown University, a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University, and a Masters from the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs, where he received the Chancellor’s Award. He has received State Department Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, the Secretary’s Award for Expeditionary Diplomacy, citations from the FBI, and the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. Mr. Fennell is a former qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the sport of rowing. He is fluent in Spanish and has a basis in Arabic and French. He plays the guitar and the conga drums and is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order. He is married to Maria Prieto, a private contracts attorney.