Jennifer Larson is the new Consul General of the US in Hyderabad. She previously served as Deputy Principal Officer at the US Consulate General in Mumbai and as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for India.
"I couldn't be more excited to be here in Hyderabad. I've spent the last five years working on the US-India relationship from Mumbai and Washington. Now I'm honored to have the opportunity to expand our partnership in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha," she said.
"From joint military exercises and business ties to cultural exchanges and higher education, the US-India relationship is only growing broader and deeper in Hyderabad."
Who is Jennifer Larson?
According to a statement from the Consulate General, Larson brings 19 years of diplomatic experience with her to Hyderabad.
She most recently served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for India in Washington, where she supported the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in formulating and implementing US-India policy.
In that capacity, she spoke at "A Roadmap for Indo-Pacific Regional Cooperation in a Post-Covid 19 World Order," an international conference organised by the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad in March.
Larson was most recently overseas as Deputy Principal Officer at the US Consulate General in Mumbai from 2016-2020, the second-highest ranking official in the consulate.
In addition to serving as spokesperson in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in Washington, D.C., she has also served in Libya, Pakistan, France, Sudan, Jerusalem, and Lebanon.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Consul General Larson worked for National Public Radio's San Francisco affiliate as a talk show producer.
She completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature (Arabic, Spanish and French) and Middle East Studies.
(With inputs from IANS)