Deputy Chief of Mission
U.S. Embassy Warsaw
Daniel Lawton is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with over 30 years of diplomatic experience. Prior to assuming the role of Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Warsaw in May 2022 Lawton was Director of the Ukraine Task Force at the U.S. Department of State. Before that, he was Director of the Office of Central European Affairs at the State Department for three years. In that position, he promoted stronger bilateral ties with ten Central European countries, especially Poland.
Lawton previously served as the Principal Officer leading the American Consulate General team in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 2015 to 2018. Before Belfast, he was the Deputy Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
In addition, Lawton served in American embassies as the Political Counselor in Athens, Greece; the Deputy Political Counselor in Caracas, Venezuela; and the Political-Military Officer in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Earlier in his career, Lawton held diplomatic positions in Lima, Peru; Karachi, Pakistan; and Mexico City, Mexico. He also completed separate State Department assignments in Washington as the Desk Officer for Cyprus and the Desk Officer for Sri Lanka.
Lawton earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in International Relations from Brown University and Syracuse University, respectively. He and his wife, Paula Hawkins, are from Syracuse, New York. They have two adult children.