Department of State
Ambassador Larry Palmer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently serving in the Bureau of Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Global Information Services. He has served with distinction as Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras, and Charge D’Affaires in Quito, Ecuador. An accomplished diplomat, academic, and development professional, he served as President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), an independent U.S. government agency that provides grants to poor and marginalized communities in Latin America and the Caribbean; as Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Texas at El Paso; and Director of the Office of Minority Affairs at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition, he has served with distinction in Uruguay, Paraguay, South Korea, Sierra Leone, Northern Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Ambassador Palmer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University, a Masters of Education in African History from Texas Southern University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and African Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. As Chief of Mission in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean he managed the complex bilateral agendas of six addition countries: Grenada, Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and successfully implemented the President’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, combatting illegal trafficking of drugs, and persons, corruption, and transnational organized crime.
Ambassador Palmer refers to his Peace Corp experience as being life changing – engendering in him a love of travel, foreign cultures, diplomacy, and a fervent commitment to international development. As President of the IAF, he supervised a team of SES development professionals and traveled over 100,000 miles annually funding projects in education, health, alternative energy, agriculture, ecology, and economic development, ensuring that the Foundation’s assistance funds reached the neediest recipients.
Ambassador Palmer speaks fluent Spanish and is an avid golfer, fisherman, and a longtime coach of Little League Baseball.