John Barrett, a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, took up his duties as Consul General in Recife, Brazil in July 2017.
During 2015 to 2017, John was in Washington D.C. serving as the U.S. State Department’s senior country officer responsible for supporting the U.S.-Philippines bilateral relationship.He has previous experience in Brazil, having served at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia from 2008 to 2011.
From 2012 to 2015, John was the Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador where he chaired the economic and development goals under the Partnership for Growth, a White House and government of El Salvador initiative to address security and economic growth challenges. John has also served in China, Afghanistan, and Guatemala.
Before joining the Foreign Service, John held several business and strategic planning positions with PepsiCo, The Walt Disney Company, and LEK Consulting. John earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in the state of Vermont, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.