October 24, 2003 - 4:30 PM
Coordinator Office of Cuban Affairs, US Department of State
Kevin Whitaker has been coordinator in the Office of Cuban Affairs since September, 2002. Prior to this assignment, he served as deputy in Cuban affairs, deputy for Mexican Affairs, and as political counselor in Nicaragua. Mr. Whitaker’s other assignments over his 24-year career include serving as desk officer for El Salvador and France, as well as working as political officer in Jamaica and Honduras. During his career Mr. Whitaker has focused relations with Latin America, and in particular on Central America and the Caribbean.
Mr. Whitaker is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and has been awarded the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award twice and its Meritorious Honor Award three times. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Virginia. His wife, Elizabeth Whitaker, is also a Senior Foreign Service officer, and serves as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State. They have three boys: Stuart and Thomas, age 19, and Daniel, age 9.