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Donna Hrinak
U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela

hrinak photoDonna J. Hrinak was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela on July 20, 2000. From December 1997 to her present appointment, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Bolivia, and from 1994 to 1997 as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. She was the State Department's Coordinator for Policy for the Miami Summit of the Americas.

From 1991-1993, Ambassador Hrinak was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, responsible for overseeing U.S. policy and relations with Mexico and the Caribbean. Earlier, she was Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She also has served at Foreign Service posts in Caracas, Venezuela; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; Warsaw, Poland; and Mexico City. In the Department of State, she has worked as Regional Affairs Officer for Central America. Ambassador Hrinak joined the Foreign Service in 1974.

Born in Pennsylvania, Ambassador Hrinak is a graduate of Michigan State University and attended the George Washington University and the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Her languages are Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish. She is a recipient of the U.S. Government's Distinguished Public Service Award and the Department of State's Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. She was awarded a Congressional Fellowship by the American Political Science Association and in 1985 was selected by Glamour magazine as one of America's Ten Outstanding Working Women.

Ambassador Hrinak and her husband, Luis Flores, a native of Mexico, have one son, Wyatt.

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