David B. Dunn
Acting United States Ambassador and Alternate
Representative for Special Political Affairs
Ambassador (Ret.) David B. Dunn is assuming the duties of U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs.
Ambassador Dunn retired from the Department of State in November 2010 following a thirty-two year career in the Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Zambia (1999-2002) and Togo (2006-2008). At the time of his retirement, Ambassador Dunn was assigned to the faculty of the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he held the positions of Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor. Following retirement, he was appointed in 2011 to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he served as Acting Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs.
Previous assignments included Principal Officer in Johannesburg, South Africa, Deputy Chief of Mission in Tanzania, Mauritius, and Burundi, and Director for East African Affairs in the State Department’s Africa Bureau. Earlier in his career, he served in France, Tunisia, Jamaica, and Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Dunn was born in Great Falls, Montana. He attended Occidental College (A.B., 1971), American University (M.A., 1974), and the National War College (M.S., 1994). He is a graduate of the State Department’s long term economics training. Ambassador Dunn is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award and several Department of State Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards. He and his wife, Maria-Elena, reside in Prescott, Arizona. They have two sons, Thomas and Brian.
Ambassador Dunn currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Yavapai Symphony Association and as a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the College of Security and Intelligence at the Western Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, both located in Prescott. He also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
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