Marcos Mandojana arrived at U.S. Embassy San José in August 2021 and is now serving as Deputy Chief of Mission. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Mandojana served previously as Political Counselor in Ankara, Turkey; Principal Officer and Consul General in Barcelona, Spain; Deputy Director for Mainland Southeast Asia; Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary Bill Burns; Deputy Political Counselor in Bogotá, Colombia; Deputy Economic Counselor in Lima, Perú; Desk Officer for Honduras; Political, Economic, and Consular Officer in Lisbon, Portugal; and Political and Consular Officer in Manila, the Philippines.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2000, Mr. Mandojana worked in the Latin America & Caribbean Division of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), for U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), and as a biomedical researcher in Brazil and North Carolina. Mr. Mandojana earned an M.S. degree from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy; an M.S. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with concentrations in Latin America and in U.S. Foreign Policy; and a B.S. in Biology, French & European Studies, and Political Science from Duke University. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, Turkish, and some Tagalog.
Mr. Mandojana was born in Puerto Rico and now calls Virginia and Tennessee home. He enjoys soccer, hiking, scuba diving, tennis, ultimate frisbee, skiing, photography, and supporting Duke basketball. He and his wife, Christine, have a daughter in college and a son in high school.