Philip Laidlaw arrived in Bogota February 8, 2016 to take up his position as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy.
He was previously director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Office of Policy Planning and Coordination. In this position, he oversaw regional budget and strategic planning, political-military affairs, counternarcotics, democracy and human rights, global and multilateral issues, homeland security, cybersecurity, and race, ethnicity, and social inclusion issues.
Prior to that, he was the Chargé d’Affaires of Embassy Caracas from September 2013 through July 2014. Since joining the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 1992, his overseas assignments include Tirana, Sarajevo, Madrid, La Paz, and San Salvador. He was also Deputy Director of the Office of Andean Affairs.
Phil Laidlaw is from Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics at Wake Forest University in 1989 and received a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2011.