Deputy Chief of Mission
Edward Loo has been the Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest, Hungary since July 2015. He is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor. Prior to returning to Budapest, he was the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence for South Florida and Puerto Rico from August 2012. In that capacity, he served as the Department’s chief “talent scout” and recruiter in the region, with a special focus on the Department’s goals and priorities to create a more diverse work force for the 21st Century. He was based in Miami with Florida International University and Miami Dade College as his host institutions.
Mr. Loo is a Foreign Service Officer in the public diplomacy career track with a career of over 28 years. His most recent overseas assignment prior to Miami was as Public Affairs Officer in Budapest, Hungary. He has also served in Bogota, Colombia; Madrid, Spain; Managua, Nicaragua; Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, Philippines; and Beijing, China. He speaks Spanish, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese, and is working on regaining his Hungarian language skills.
He earned a master’s degree in American History from Columbia University, and bachelor’s degrees in history and English from Dartmouth College. He is from San Francisco, California.