Following a 20-year stint as an expatriate, Charles Jess returned to the United States in August 2000 to work in the Population Office in the State Departmentís Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. He now works in the East Asia Pacific Bureau as the senior country officer for Vietnam, responsible for all issues involving political, military and consular affairs between the United States and Vietnam. A career Foreign Service officer since 1989, Jess has served as U.S. Consul to both Western Australia and Laos, following consular and administrative assignments in U.S. embassies in Bangkok and Tokyo.
Jess previously taught secondary mathematics, both domestically and abroad. He graduated from Duke University in 1972, received his masterís 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. As a Blue Devil alum, he also admits to being a rabid fan of college basketball. He and his wife Mary have two children.