James A. Larocco
Ambassador Larocco entered the Foreign Service in 1973. After serving as a staff assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations at the State Department, he was posted to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia as Commercial Attaché from 1975-77. Following 3 years in Cairo as an economic officer, he became Economic Section Chief in Kuwait from 1981-83. Ambassador Larocco returned to Washington in late summer 1983 to take a Congressional Fellowship, working in the office of Senator Max Baucus. Later, in 1984, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs in the Near East Asia Bureau.
Ambassador Larocco went on to serve in Beijing as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs. And in 1990, he became a member of the Senior Seminar, serving also as a Kuwait Task Force Coordinator in the State Operations Center during Desert Storm. In 1991, Ambassador Larocco was assigned as Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan. He was then posted to Tel Aviv in 1993 as Deputy Chief of Mission.
A native of Chicago, Ambassador Larocco earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon and a Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins (School of Advanced International Studies).
He speaks Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.
Appointment Date: 11/10/97
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