Thomas Hastings, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is the Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Harare from July 2019 until August 2021 and as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim until June 2022.
Thomas served as a consular officer in Côte d’Ivoire from 2000 to 2002 and as an economic officer in Honduras from 2003 to 2005. Based in Washington from 2005 to 2010, he covered financial issues for sub-Saharan Africa, worked in the Latin America office at Treasury, and served as a special assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic and Energy Affairs. He was then Pol-Econ chief in Angola from 2010 to 2013, the senior economic officer on the Mexico desk from 2013 to 2015, and Deputy Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs from 2016 to 2019.
In the 1990s, he taught English at a secondary school in Namibia, taught history at a school in Tanzania, and worked for NGOs in Botswana and South Africa.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Haverford College, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and International Development from Princeton University, and a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He speaks, or has spoken at one time, Oshiwambo, Swahili, French, Spanish and Portuguese.