Nominated by President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Luis Arreaga as the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala.
Born in Guatemala, Arreaga came to the U.S. as a 17-year-old foreign exchange student who lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Milwaukee. He became a U.S. citizen in 1975.
Earning three degrees at UWM—including a PhD in economics (’81), a master’s degree in management (’76), bachelor’s degree in marketing (’75)—it was at the University that he discovered his passion for public service.
Prior to his diplomatic career, Arreaga worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development for 11 years. While at the State Department, his overseas postings took him to Canada, Panama, Spain and Iceland, where he served as ambassador to the Republic of Iceland from 2010 until 2013.
In January 2016, Arreaga was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where he was responsible for State Department programs to combat illicit drugs and organized crime around the world.
Now serving as ambassador to his birth country, Arreaga’s work will address poverty, security, immigration and other issues.
Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about his appointment.