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Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne

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Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne

Earl Anthony "Tony" Wayne was nominated by President Obama to be Ambassador of the United States to Mexico on June 9, 2011, was confirmed by the Senate August 2, and arrived in Mexico City to present his credentials on September 11, 2011. 

A career diplomat since 1975, Ambassador Wayne leads one of the largest U.S. Missions in the world, comprised of the embassy in Mexico City, 9 consulates, and 9 consular agencies. The Mission in Mexico includes 29 U.S. government agencies and over 2,700 employees. 

The U.S.-Mexico economic and commercial relationship, which the Mission supports, is immense.  Mexico is America’s second largest export market, and its third largest trading partner and energy supplier.  The U.S. buys over 75 percent of Mexico’s exports.  Bilateral trade in goods and services was over $500 billion in 2013, having grown in each of the last three years.  In 2013, Presidents Obama and Pena Nieto launched a “High Level Economic Dialogue” and a “Bilateral Forum on Education, Research and Innovation,” aimed in part at making both countries more competitive in the world.  Ambassador Wayne and the Mission team work to implement both in close cooperation with the Government of Mexico, the U.S. and Mexican business communities and academic institutions from both countries.

Mission Mexico has the largest consular operation in the world, with over 2 million visa applications processed in FY 12 and a record number of services provided to U.S. citizens from among the some one million U.S. citizen residents in Mexico and the over twenty million U.S. citizens who visit each year.  The Embassy manages U.S. justice and anti-crime programs that support the government of Mexico via the $1.9 billion Merida Initiative.  Wayne helps guide these operations as well as the daily law enforcement cooperation and work to build a 21st Century border facilitating legitimate trade and travel.  Mexico is a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and the G20, among other international engagements.  Wayne and the embassy team work with the Government of Mexico, as well as private sector, civil society groups and international partners in support of these efforts.  Wayne also guides a vigorous public diplomacy program aimed at enhancing bilateral relations and the image of the United States.

Ambassador Wayne served as Deputy Ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan from May 2010 until June 2011.  As Deputy Ambassador, he functioned as Chief Operating Officer supervising all Embassy sections, programs, agencies, and dozens of field offices in the massive, wartime mission.  He oversaw three other Ambassador-ranked officials in the Embassy, helped managed the relationship with government of Afghanistan, liaised closely with the leadership of the some 130,000 ISAF military forces, and coordinated closely with the other international actors in Afghanistan.  From June 2009 until May 2010, Ambassador Wayne served as Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, where he established the office to oversee and coordinate the some $4 billion in U.S. government, non-military assistance to the Afghan nation, including development programs, justice and law enforcement assistance, and technical assistance teams at several dozen posts throughout the country. 

Ambassador Wayne served as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina from November 2006 to June 2009.  He led the embassy efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation in such areas as fighting international crime, including trafficking in persons and narcotics.  He also built cooperation supporting non-proliferation, peace-keeping, protection of human rights, and expanded education, youth and scientific exchanges.  Ambassador Wayne promoted U.S. commercial interests and supported substantial increases in bilateral trade and tourism.  

From June 2000 until June 2006, Ambassador Wayne served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (EB), serving three Secretaries of State, and making him the longest serving Assistant Secretary of EB since its inception.  He oversaw policy development and implementation on post-conflict economic assistance, economic sanctions, international debt, development and economic reform policies, combating terrorism finance, international energy policy, trade, intellectual property and investment policies, international telecommunications policy, international transportation policies, support for U.S. businesses overseas, and efforts to end trade in "conflict diamonds."

As Interim Undersecretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs for six months in 2005, Wayne served as U.S. Foreign Affairs "Sous-Sherpa" helping to prepare the Gleneagles G-8 Summit, in addition to his duties as Assistant Secretary.

For most of the 1990s, Ambassador Wayne worked on European Affairs.  He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European Affairs, 1997-2000, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Canada, 1996-97.  His portfolio included relations with the European Union, the OECD, the G-8, regional economic and global issues, restitution of assets stolen by the Nazis, and U.S.-Canadian relations (1996-97 only).  During these years, he led U.S. efforts to organize US-EU summits every six months and helped foster Trans-Atlantic cooperation.  He also played a key role in organizing the successful 1999 Stability Pact Summit in Sarajevo, during which some 40 leaders committed to the development, stability, democratization and integration of Southeast Europe following the Kosovo conflict.  He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, 1993-96, where he helped formulate and negotiate the U.S.-EU “New Transatlantic Agenda.”  From 1991 to 1993, he was Director for Western European Affairs at the National Security Council.

Ambassador Wayne was Director for Regional Affairs for the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Counter-Terrorism from 1989 to 1991.  He took a leave of absence and worked as the National Security Correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor from 1987-89.  Ambassador Wayne served as First Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, 1984-87. He was Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Haig and Shultz from 1981 to 1983.  During the tenure of Secretary Muskie, he served in the State Department's Executive Secretariat.  Earlier, he was posted as a political officer in Morocco, and, in his first post was an analyst of Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Wayne to the rank of “Career Ambassador” in 2010.  Also in 2010, he received the Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement by Senior Officers for his work in Afghanistan.  In 2011, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Service.  In 2008, Ambassador Wayne was given the Paul Wellstone Anti-Slavery Ambassador of the Year Award for work against trafficking in persons in Argentina.  He has received the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, a Presidential Distinguished Service award, and two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards. 

Ambassador Wayne has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University (1984), Master’s Degrees in Political Science from Princeton University (1975) and Stanford University (1973), and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1972).  Married since 1977, he has a daughter and son.