U.S. Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil
Term of Appointment: 01/11/2017 to present
Ambassador P. Michael McKinley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Brazil on September 8, 2016.
Most recently, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2014 to 2016. Before that, he was U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014. Ambassador McKinley served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from 2010-2013 and U.S. Ambassador to Peru from 2007-2010.
He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels between 2004 and 2007. From 2001-2004, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Between 1994 and 2001, Ambassador McKinley was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassies in Mozambique, Uganda, and Belgium. Earlier assignments include U.S. Embassy London (1990-94), three tours in Washington (1985-90), and Bolivia (1983-85). Ambassador McKinley joined the Foreign Service in 1982.
Ambassador McKinley was born in Venezuela and grew up in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom, and earned a doctorate from Oxford University. His history of colonial Venezuela was published by Cambridge University Press as part of its Latin America series, and has been translated into Spanish. Ambassador McKinley is married to the former Fatima Salces. They have three children.