General Meeting – September 2016
A native of California, David joined the Foreign Service in March 1998 and has served on five continents. Prior to his assignment as the U.S. Consul General to Amsterdam, he served as the Consular Coordinator for Vietnam based in Ho Chi Minh City. There he oversaw countrywide operations and managed the Mission’s response to a historic increase in the demand for U.S. visas and other consular services. Prior to that, David served as the Senior Country Officer for France in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western European Affairs where he advised senior U.S. officials and helped formulate policy on matters involving France and other European partners. He has also served at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, where he oversaw implementation of major aspects of the 1994 Migration Accords between the two countries. In addition, he has served in Mexico, Namibia, Belgium and Colombia. David has been the recipient of numerous Department of State Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the London School of Economics. He speaks Spanish and French along with a modest level of Vietnamese. He met his wife Sandra Cabrera during his first tour in Bogota and together they are raising three beautiful daughters.
The AWCA has had to pleasure of interacting with David and Sandra on many occasions this past year and we look forward to hearing from him regarding his past year’s experiences in Amsterdam.