Assistant Chief of Mission
David E. Lindwall
Assistant Chief of Mission
Term of Appointment: June 2014 to present
In 29 years in the United States Foreign Service, David Lindwall has served primarily in political and senior management positions in Latin America and Iraq. Prior to being assigned to Embassy Kabul, he served as Consul General in Guayaquil, Ecuador where he managed the operations of the largest U.S. consulate on South America's Pacific coast. During the 2011-2012 U.S. military transition in Iraq, Mr. Lindwall served as Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Mr. Lindwall was serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the time of the devastating earthquake of 2010. He coordinated the disaster assistance activities of U.S. military personnel, which at their peak included over 22,000 uniformed personnel. His actions on the night of the January 12, 2010 earthquake and the months that followed earned him the State Department's Baker-Wilkins Award for Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission in 2010.
Mr. Lindwall served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Guatemala (2006-2009), with particular responsibility for coordinating inter-agency rule of law programs with an annual budget of around $26 million, lobbying Guatemala's Congress for CAFTA-compliant labor legislation and adoption reforms, and overseeing inter-agency support for national elections.
In 2005-2006 Mr. Lindwall served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in WHA, overseeing the work of the Offices of Policy Planning and Coordination, Central American Affairs and Cuban Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Office Director for Central American Affairs (2004-2005).
Mr. Lindwall served as Political Counselor/Chief of the Political Section in Guatemala (2001-2004), Asuncion (1998-2001) and Quito (1995-1998). In these positions he negotiated numerous Status of Forces Agreements covering the operations of U.S. troops in those three countries, participated in the negotiations that put an end to the Upper Cenepa River War between Ecuador and Peru, and coordinated the U.S. response to the collapse of democratic governments in Ecuador and Paraguay.
From 1993-1995 Mr. Lindwall served as Alternate Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States, representing the U.S. on the Committee on Political and Juridical Affairs and being the point person for OAS action in response to the violation of democratic order in Haiti.
Mr. Lindwall joined the Department of State in 1985 and served as Vice Consul in Bogota, Colombia; Macroeconomic Reporting Officer in Madrid, Spain; Special Liaison Officer to the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance (the Contras) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Political Officer in Managua, Nicaragua.
Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Lindwall worked for the Panama Canal Company.
Mr. Lindwall is a native of California.