Edward P. Heartney, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission

Edward P. Heartney

Ed Heartney has been a Foreign Service Officer for 22 years, focusing on the Western Hemisphere, political transitions, economic issues, natural resources and trade.  Ed currently serves as the acting Deputy Chief of Mission in the United States Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS).  Previously Ed was the Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the OAS, leading on issues such as Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia.  Prior to this assignment, Ed was the Deputy Director of the Office of Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa in the Bureau of Energy Resources.  Ed focused on the Western Hemisphere and Africa, particularly on regional energy security, renewable energy, and connecting electricity grids.  Ed also worked as Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor in London, concentrating on climate change issues.  Ed has previously served in Nigeria (1999-2000), El Salvador (2001-2003), Washington (2004-2006), Monterrey Mexico (2006-2009), Sri Lanka (2009-2012), and Afghanistan (2012-2013).

Ed has received four Superior Honor Awards and seven Meritorious Honor Awards for his work.  Ed graduated from the University of Chicago with a Political Science degree, and also received a law degree with honors from the University of Michigan Law School.  He practiced law for eight years prior to joining the State Department.