Charles Jess assumed his duties as deputy director of the Population Office in the State Departmentís Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in August 2000. He has spent most of the past twenty years outside of the United States, in such mainstream Asian cities as Bangkok, Jakarta, and Tokyo, and in such out of the way places as Nepal, Bolivia, and Laos.
A career Foreign Service officer since 1989, Jess previously taught secondary mathematics both domestically and abroad. Following consular, commercial, and administrative assignments at various US embassies in the East Asia region, he most recently served in Perth as the US Consul to Western Australia. Jess graduated from Duke University in 1972, received his masterís degree from Emory University in 1976, and did further postgraduate study in mathematics education and human problem solving at Stanford University in the late 1970ís. His foreign languages include Thai, Lao, Spanish, and Nepalese. An accomplished violinist, Jess enjoys all types of music, particularly the blues. He also admits to being a rabid fan of college basketball. He and his wife, Mary, have two children.