Commander Spencer Abbot is a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He recently served as Commanding Officer of a squadron of FA-18E Super Hornets in Atsugi, Japan, near Tokyo, deploying aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. He was subsequently selected for the White House Fellowship program, and is currently serving at the U.S. State Department, working on issues related to Latin America and the East Asia-Pacific region.
In 2001 and 2003, Spencer flew combat missions at the outsets of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. He then studied Spanish at the Defense Language Institute, and served as an EF-18 Hornet exchange pilot with the Spanish Air Force. He worked in Port-au-Prince following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti while serving with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and coordinated with the Japanese government from U.S. Embassy Tokyo following the 2011 tsunami in conjunction with a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) International Affairs Fellowship.
As an undergraduate, Spencer served as Brigade Commander at the U.S. Naval Academy, the school’s highest student leadership position. He holds a Master’s Degree and PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an Executive MBA from Instituto de Empresa.