Following a 20-year stint as an expatriate, Charles Jess returned to the United States in August 2000 to work as the deputy director of the Population Office in the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. He represents the U.S. Government at meetings of the UN Population Fund and the UN Commission on Population and Development. A career Foreign Service officer since 1989, Jess has served as U.S. Consul to Western Australia and as U.S. Consul to Laos, following consular and administrative assignments in the Bangkok and Tokyo embassies. He plans to start his new Washington job on the Vietnam desk in Summer 2002.
Jess previously taught secondary mathematics, both domestically and abroad. He graduated from Duke University in 1972, received his master's degree from Emory University in 1976 and did further post-graduate study in mathematics education and human problem-solving at Stanford University in the late 1970s. His foreign languages include Thai, Lao, Spanish and Nepalese. An accomplished violinist, Jess enjoys all types of music, especially the blues. He also admits to being a rabid fan of college basketball. He and his wife, Mary, have two children.