Patricia A. Lacina, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, assumed the role of Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. on September 9, 2021.
From July 2018 until July 2021, she served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Principal Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State. From 2013 to 2015, she served as Deputy Chief Information Officer for Business, Management and Planning and Chief Knowledge Officer. Patricia’s overseas assignments include Management Officer in Cairo, Deputy Director of Frankfurt’s Regional Support Center, and Director of Human Resources in both Vienna and Brussels. She has also completed tours in Buenos Aires, Nairobi, Moscow, Bogota, and Mexico City. Domestically, she also served in the Bureau of International Organizations Affairs as the Office Director of Global Systems.
Patricia holds a B.A. in Special Education and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.A. in International Affairs from California State University at Sacramento. Originally from rural Iowa, Patricia is married to Carlos Zapata, who recently retired from the Foreign Service. Her daughter lives and works in New York City.