Patrick S. Moon

Ambassador (ret.); Returnee – U.S. to Brazil, 1967-1968

Patrick S. Moon is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with the State Department.  He served in Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland, Austria, Brussels, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Germany.  During tours at the State Department, he served in senior positions dealing with Central Europe, NATO, and Afghanistan. Patrick worked primarily on national security, nonproliferation, South Asian and Balkans issues.  He was the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2010 to 2013.

Ambassador Moon grew up in Oklahoma City and was an AFS student in 1967 to Salvador, Brazil.  He participated as an AFS volunteer on exchange student selection committees.  As Ambassador to Bosnia, he promoted student exchange programs to the U.S. sponsored by AFS and the State Department.  These programs were highly successful in inspiring intercultural understanding, which was often absent in post-war Bosnia.

He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has a degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He served over six years in the Air Force as an intelligence officer. Patrick and his wife Danuta, who was formerly a Polish diplomat, have three daughters and live in a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC.