Joel Danies is the United States Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. He is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, and a diplomat since 1987.
Ambassador Danies has held senior positions with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, as well as overseas. Most recently, he served as the Associate Dean at the U.S. Foreign Institute’s School of Professional and Area Studies (SPAS) in Washington, DC.
Previously, he served as Chief of Staff, Bureau of Administration (2014-2016), Deputy Special Coordinator, Office of Haiti Special Coordinator (2011-2014), Program Analyst, Undersecretary for Management (2007-2009) and Post Management Officer, Bureau of European Affairs (2005-2007). Overseas, he was Deputy Director, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Division, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (2010-2011), Political Counselor, U.S. Mission Geneva, Switzerland (2004-2005), Senior Human Rights Officer, U.S. Mission Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland (2001-2004) and Management Officer, U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (1998-2001).
Originally born in Haiti he grew up in New York and in Baltimore, Maryland. He received an MA from the National War College and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. He speaks French, Haitian Creole, and some Arabic. He and his wife Caren have two college age children.