Interim U.S. Permanent Representative
Kevin Sullivan assumed duties as Interim Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States in July 2016.
Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos
Aires. He served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in Buenos Aires from
July 2013 until January 2015. A career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign
Service, he was posted previously in Argentina from 1997-2000.
Mr. Sullivan has broad experience in trade, investment, human rights and development issues, and has served in a variety of overseas posts in both Latin American and Africa. Mr. Sullivan helped negotiate an “Open Skies” aviation agreement in Argentina as well as the ground-breaking U.S. - Chile Free Trade Agreement in 2004. In Ethiopia, he defended human rights and promoted constructive dialogue on the country’s development. As Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi, he spearheaded the Millennium Challenge Account compact and led the United States’ partnership with the Malawian Government to fight HIV/AIDS.
In his previous position as the State Department’s Director of Economic Policy for the Western Hemisphere, Mr. Sullivan coordinated the development and implementation of region-wide policies and programs in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada in the areas of trade, economic development, energy and environmental protection. His team also designed the United States’ contributions to the Summit of the Americas, the Heads of Government-level meeting which takes place in the region every three years.
Mr. Sullivan was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a B.A. in History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University. He has received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award three times.