Scott Hamilton is a Senior Foreign Service Officer, class of Minister-Counselor, who currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, a position he has held since the Embassy opened its doors in July 2015 for the first time in over 50 years. He served as DCM in Gaborone, Botswana (2009-12). Mr. Hamilton has also held State Department leadership positions in Washington, D.C., including as Director of the Office of Central American Affairs (2013-15) and Deputy Director of the Office of East African Affairs (2007-09). In addition, he served as political advisor to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (1997-99). Other overseas assignments include Ecuador, Colombia, South Africa (twice), and Russia.
A 2013 Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University, Mr. Hamilton also holds degrees from Harvard Law School (JD, 1989) and from Oxford University, England (BA, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, 1986). He practiced law in Chicago from 1989-1992. Mr. Hamilton is married to Isabel and they have two children. He was born in Scotland and is an enthusiast photographer and lifelong supporter of soccer teams Hibernian and Manchester United.