Adrienne Galanek joined the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan as Deputy Chief of Mission on September 28, 2015. Presently, she is serving as Charge d’Affaires until a new Ambassador is appointed.
Ms. Galanek is a career U.S. diplomat. She most recently served as Senior Coordinator for Interagency Affairs at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) as part of the Department of State’s Foreign Policy Advisory (POLAD) team here. She worked closely with military and other US government agencies to address security challenges across the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She earned the military’s Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award for her work.
Ms. Galanek’s career has taken her across several continents serving in a variety of capacities. Prior to SOUTHCOM, Ms. Galanek served as the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) program director in Juba, South Sudan. In 2011, she was the Chief of the U.S. Embassy’s Economic section in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and prior to that served as Economic Officer in Windhoek, Namibia. While in Washington, DC, she worked in the State Department’s Office of Southern African Affairs a the Desk Officer for Swaziland and Malawi. Ms. Galanek also served as Political and Economic Officer in Oslo, Norway, and prior to that as Consular Officer in Shanghai, China.
Ms. Galanek holds a Master’s Degreen in National Security Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War college and bachelor’s degrees from Georgetown University in American Government and History. She has received several Department of State awards.
She enjoys outdoor activities here in Belize including snorkeling and hiking.