The President today announced his intention to nominate G. Philip Hughes to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Barbados, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Dominica, to St. Lucia, and to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He would succeed Paul Russo.
Mr. Hughes currently serves as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council, a position he held since February 1989. Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Hughes served as the first Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, from June 1988 until February 1989. Mr. Hughes previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs at the Department of State from April 1986 until June 1988. Mr. Hughes began his tenure in the Reagan administration serving as Vice President George Bush's Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs from February 1981 to September 1985. He then joined the National Security Council staff as Director for Latin American Affairs, with responsibility for Caribbean and Mexican affairs. Mr. Hughes served previously as Assistant Director for Intelligence Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1979 to 1981, as research fellow in defense policy studies at the Brookings Institution from 1978 to 1979, and as assistant analyst in the national security and international affairs division of the Congressional Budget Office from 1975 to 1977.
Mr. Hughes received a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton in Ohio; an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and a master of public administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is married to the former Victoria Knipper, and they reside in Falls Church, VA.