Examples of Excellence

From among the legions of outstanding diplomats who have served the United States since the middle of the 20th century, the following 25 individuals were chosen to exemplify the highest standards of the profession. The list is by no means intended to be exhaustive, or to suggest that others are not equally, if not more, deserving of such attention.


Frank Almaguer (1945- )

Frank Almaguer retired in 2002 after 30 years that brought many awards and included senior positions in the Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), capped by three years as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (1999-2002). Before joining the Foreign Service, Almaguer was a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize. Besides his ambassadorial appointment to Tegucigalpa, his major positions included service as USAID Mission Director in Bolivia and Ecuador, Regional Mission Director for Eastern Europe, and USAID/Washington’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Resources and Director of the Office of South American and Mexican Affairs and Regional Mission Director for Eastern Europe. Earlier, he was Peace Corps Country Director in Honduras and Associate Country Director in Belize. In 2005 Almaguer became Assistant Secretary for the Secretariat for Administration and Finance of the Organization of American States (OAS).