Tom arrived in Buenos Aires as the Deputy Chief of Mission in July 2016. From January 20, 2017, to May 7, 2018, he was responsible for all Embassy operations in the absence of a presidentially-appointed Ambassador as Charge d’Affaires (CDA).
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Mr. Cooney served most recently as the Deputy Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General for Hong Kong and Macau (2013-16). Prior to Hong Kong, he served as the State Department’s Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of U.S. Army, Pacific Command in Hawaii, where he earned the State Department’s award for Foreign Policy Advisor of the Year as well as the U.S. Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Mr. Cooney also has completed diplomatic postings in Santiago, Shanghai, Beijing, and Washington. While in Washington during 2002-2004, he worked closely on counterterrorism issues in Latin America including increased U.S. cooperation with Argentina. He has been honored with several State Department Superior Honor awards as well as the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association’s Global Achievement Award for his contributions as the Deputy Commissioner General of the USA Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the largest world’s fair in history.
Mr. Cooney speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese and hails from Detroit, Michigan. An avid fan and former player of U.S. football, he graduated from Cornell University (B.S., Communications) and the University of South Carolina (Master, International Business). Mr. Cooney is married with three children.