Consul General Virginia Blaser has been appointed to lead the Consulate General in Cape Town.
“Consul General Blaser brings extensive experience from across the continent, where she led key US embassies, promoting trade and investment, empowering women and young leaders, and supporting entrepreneurship and the creative economy. Her leadership is certain to advance relations between Americans and residents of the Cape provinces,” commented US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn.
Prior to her arrival in Cape Town, Blaser served over a decade as a three-time deputy chief of mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Mauritius, the Seychelles, Uganda and Tanzania.
Since joining the US Foreign Service in 1989, she has served in Madrid, Brussels, London, San Salvador and Washington, and in a range of political, management and consular positions.
She graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a triple major in history, anthropology and Latin American studies.