Diplomats in Residence Program

Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers who are located throughout the United States and are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers in the US Department of State. Each year only 16 Foreign Service Officers, covering 16 geographic regions within the US, have the pleasure and honor to serve in domestic assignments as Diplomats in Residence. They promote careers and fellowship opportunities to prospects throughout their region in order to create a pipeline of diverse competitive applicants for the Department of State. They also represent the Department of State at programs and events sponsored by foreign affairs groups, academic institutions and professional organizations.

Since the mid-1990s, Duke University has had the privilege of hosting the Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region, widely known as one of the most active regions in our nation thanks to its wealth of great colleges and universities that share the US Department of State’s global perspective.  

The current DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region can be contacted at: DIRMidAtlantic@state.gov.    

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Ambassador Arnold Chacon: DIR 2017-present

Before coming to Duke, Ambassador Arnold Chacon was the director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources from 2014-17, leading a team of 800 civil and foreign service employees who carry out the human resources activities essential to recruiting, retaining and sustaining the State Department’s 75,000-person workforce.

Chacon was the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala from 2011-14 and Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Madrid from 2008-11. He’s also served at American embassies in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Italy, Mexico and Honduras as well as the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York.

He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Service Association and the Hispanic Employees Council of the Foreign Affairs Agencies, and was a fellow at the American Political Science Association. Chacon has received the State Department’s Presidential Rank Award and other leadership honors.

While at Duke, Chacon will promote careers and fellowship opportunities to prospects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in order to create a pipeline of diverse competitive applicants for the Department of State. He will also represent the Department of State at programs and events sponsored by foreign affairs groups, academic institutions and professional organizations. Chacon will also speak to classes and is available to meet individually with students in his office.

Jasper Daniels

Jasper R. Daniels:  DIR 2016 - 2017

Jasper Daniels served as the as the DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region from 2016-2017. He is a Foreign Service Specialist who began his career as a Support Communications Officer in 1985. 

A senior officer specializing in Information Management with the Department of State, he has had overseas posts in literally every inhabited world region, including serving as the Management Counselor at US Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone. During this assignment, he was designated acting Deputy Chief of Mission for an extended period of time.

Daniels is not new to the Diplomat in Residence program, having served as DIR for the four states comprising the Southwest Region – Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Prior to that, he was assigned to Washington D.C. as the Director of the Systems and Integration Office in the Bureau of Information and Resource Management. He is a veteran of the United States Army. As a native of North Carolina with close family ties in the state, Jasper was only too happy to transfer to the Mid-Atlantic region.  

Richard Jaworski

Richard E. Jaworski:  DIR 2014 - 2016

From 2014-2016, Rich Jaworski served as the DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He is a senior Foreign Service Officer with many years of experience in the Department of State, including significant posts in the Middle East and Europe.

Prior to his arrival at Duke University, Mr. Jaworski served as Minister Counselor for Management Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq – the largest US foreign mission in the world. He had the honor to serve in the US Mission in Turkey (2010 – 2013), and prior to that he was Deputy Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organizations Affairs.

Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked for several years with the Department of Defense. Rich received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and an M.S. degree in National Strategic Planning and Resourcing from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces.