Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Roberto Quiroz II
Roberto Quiroz II is a Foreign Service officer currently assigned to Swahili language training at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, Virginia. He is scheduled to serve as Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania beginning on May 2010.
Previously, Mr. Quiroz was the political and economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Dili, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, where he was also responsible for public diplomacy and consular duties. He was enrolled in language training at FSI from 2006-2007; served as country affairs officer for Central America and Panama in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, D.C. from 2005-2006; as staff assistant at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in Washington, D.C. from 2004-2005; and as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 2002-2004.
Mr. Quiroz served as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2004 Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Santiago, Chile, and was part of the U.S. delegation to the 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Prior to entering the State Department, Mr. Quiroz served for eight years in the United States Air Force, where he earned his commission from the ROTC program. He was assigned to various positions in California, Texas, Arkansas, Honduras, and the Republic of Korea, and left the service at the rank of Captain in June 2002.
Mr. Quiroz was born in Manhasset, New York and was raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, California. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Bahasa Indonesia.