April 22, 2014
Send-Off Reception for Ambassador Whitaker
On April 22, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a private send-off reception for Ambassador Whitaker before he leaves for Bogotá. Several diplomats, business leaders, security officials, academics, and NGO leaders—including Colombian Ambassador Luis Villegas and Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno—exchanged thoughts on US priorities for Colombia.
Ambassador Whitaker has had a long and distinguished career in the Foreign Service. Most recently, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South America in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, director of the Office of Andean Affairs, and deputy chief of mission to Venezuela.