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Janice Jacobs -- Department of State
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs

Janice Jacobs is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with 25 years of experience in Africa, Latin America and Europe. She has advanced foreign policy interests across a broad range of issues including democratization and human rights, trade and investment liberalization, counter-terrorism and immigration. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services. From 2000-2002, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Her career includes a mix of Washington, D.C. and overseas assignments, including working in the State Department’s Visa Office, Operations Center, and Office of Cuban Affairs. Ambassador Jacobs joined the Foreign Service in March 1980 after many years of overseas experience as a Foreign Service dependent. She has lived in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia (twice), France, Mexico (twice), Nigeria, and Thailand. She received a BA in French and Education from Southern Illinois University in 1968 and a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 1995.

Janice Jacobs