U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Todd Robinson?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On July 10, 2014, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony from Todd D. Robinson on his nomination by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. ambassador to Guatemala. It would be the first ambassadorial post for Robinson, a career Foreign Service officer, but it is not his first posting to Guatemala.


Robinson is from Fanwood, New Jersey and graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1981. He went on to attend Georgetown University, earning a B.S. in Foreign Service in 1985. Robinson’s first job out of college was as a journalist. He joined the State Department in 1986.


Most of Robinson’s career has been spent in Latin America. His first overseas postings were to Colombia in 1987 and El Salvador in 1989, returning to Washington in 1991 to serve as a watch officer at the State Department operations center. Robinson was sent to Rome in 1993 as staff assistant to the U.S. ambassador to Italy. In 1995, he moved across town to the U.S. mission to the Holy See (Vatican City), serving as political officer.


Robinson was sent back to Latin America in 1997 as political officer at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. He came home in 1999 as special assistant to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In 2000, Robinson was named deputy counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic. He was sent back to Europe in 2004 as chief of the Political and Economic Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania.


Robinson was named consul general in Barcelona, Spain in 2006. In 2009, Robinson was sent to Guatemala as deputy chief of mission, serving there until 2011. He then returned to Washington as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, beginning in June 2011.


In his confirmation hearing, Robinson was closely questioned, particularly from Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), on the flow of undocumented children from Guatemala into the United States. Robinson replied that it would be among his highest priorities to address that issue with the Guatemalan government.


Robinson speaks Spanish, Italian and Albanian.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Official Biography

Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (pdf)


Dr. James Moeller 7 years ago
I too would like Mr. Robinson's ear. Our local Rotary Club has supported 2 homes for battered and abused girls in Guatemala for 20 years. We hoped to bring one of the girls, who graduated from college with a degree in social work after suffering a treacherous and abusive childhood, to our Rotary District Conference to share her story and honor her achievement. After nearly $1000 spent for passport, transportation, and interviews for visa, she was rudely and shortsightedly dismissed without even viewing the notarized letters from our mayor, who has visited the homes 20 times, our district governor, who has twice, our Rotary president who has once, and myself who has 11 times. The reason was that she has not yet found a job although she has a son to return to and a declared mission to use her degree to help children with similar backgrounds. This is an affront to the institution of Rotary and a missed opportunity to garner support for Guatemalan initiatives and promote international goodwill. I don't know who reads these, but I would appreciate a line of communication to share this with the ambassador.
Gretty 7 years ago
I forgot, my daughter is an American citizen born and ruse on New Orleans, LA.
Gretty 7 years ago
Hice i can contacto The armas adié Robinson? My Daugther Is trapped in Guatemala. The official who assisted her was very rude. Now she doesn't know what to do.
claudia yeomans 8 years ago
hi Sarah i just want to know if you were able to get in touch with the ambassador , if you could share any of that info to contact him. I hope you can ready this in reaply
Sarah Nunley 9 years ago
Over the last several months I have been helping two Guatemalan friends of mine get their passports and apply for a tourist Visa so that they can come here for two weeks and visit me and their extended family whom I am very close with. Anyways, after I went through all this trouble and bureaucratic process, they went to their interview at the US Embassy today to get their tourist visas and they were denied on the spot with no explanation. Anyway, All the phone numbers and email addresses listed on the US Embassy -Guatemala website bounce back or say "this number is no longer in service". So, do you know how I can contact Todd Robinson? I am totally pissed off about this and am going to be extremely persistent until I get them their tourist visas.

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