Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.
Gonzalo Gallegos, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, is the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is the second time he has served in Costa Rica after starting his career in the Foreign Service as the Director of the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano. He most recently served as the Director of the Office of Central American Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Previous to that he was the Director of the Department’s Foreign Policy Advisor and State-Defense Exchange Programs in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. He has also served as the Director of Caribbean Affairs and he was seconded to the Organization of American States as the Secretary for the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism. His most recent overseas posting was as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Previous to that he was the Director of the State Department’s Office of Press Relations.
Gallegos has also served as Spokesman and Public Affairs Advisor for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, and at the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He served in the Department’s Bureau of European Affairs, and has been assigned to postings in Nicaragua, Colombia and Costa Rica.
He has a Dual BS in Political Science and Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University, and a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is married to Joni Todd Gallegos, a landscape architect and planner most recently with the National Park Service. They have two daughters.