Baxter Hunt, a career diplomat in the Senior Foreign Service, began serving as U.S. Consul General in Toronto in October, 2023. He is delighted to be back in Canada following his posting at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa from 2001 until 2004. His most recent overseas assignment was at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, where he served as Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission between 2017 and 2020. Mr. Hunt’s other postings include the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; the U.S. Consulate General in Durban, South Africa; and at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.
In Washington, DC, Mr. Hunt served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State from 2015 until 2017. He also served as Director of the Office of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs; the Office of Ukraine/Moldova/Belarus Affairs; the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts; and the Office for Refugee Assistance to Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas. Mr. Hunt’s other domestic assignments included Associate Dean at the Foreign Service Institute, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Hunt was a Presidential Management Fellow serving in the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council.
Mr. Hunt holds a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina. He and his wife Deborah Derrick have three grown children and one grandchild.