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Deputy Chief of Mission

Deputy Chief of Mission

Deputy Chief of Mission, Victoria Alvarado

Deputy Chief of Mission, Victoria Alvarado

Victoria Alvarado

Victoria Alvarado commenced her assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in August 2014.  A career diplomat, Mrs. Alvarado joined the U.S. State Department in 1996.  She has held a range of overseas and domestic assignments focused on Latin America, Muslim-majority countries, and on the nexus between national security and religion.  Mrs. Alvarado recently completed a senior-level Master’s degree program at the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs, where her thesis assessed the effectiveness of partnerships between governments and religious leaders in countering violent extremism. 

Mrs. Alvarado’s Washington assignments have included director of the Office for International Religious Freedom, strategic planning adviser for the Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, and director for Central America and Caribbean Affairs at the National Security Council.  Early in her career, she was the desk officer for Nicaragua.  Mrs. Alvarado has also served overseas in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Indonesia.  She is the recipient of several superior and meritorious honor awards and an award for heroism.

Mrs. Alvarado speaks Spanish, Italian, Dari, and Indonesian.  She is a graduate of Mills College and the University of Southern California.  She holds a War College diploma and Master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University.  Born in New York and raised in California, Mrs. Alvarado is married to Ramon Alvarado.  They have two daughters, Rebecca and Raquel, and a son, Gabriel.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she lived with her family in Venezuela for many years, where she was executive director of a Venezuelan-American binational center.