Charles Jess (or Jess, as he prefers to be called) assumed his duties as consular section chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai in August 2006. Prior to arriving in Shanghai, he served as the senior desk officer for Vietnam, after a two-year position as the deputy director of the Population Office in the State Departmentís Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. 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 positions at U.S. embassies in Bangkok and Tokyo.
Jess previously taught secondary mathematics both in the U.S. (Maryland, Georgia, and California) and overseas (Nepal, Indonesia, and Bolivia). He graduated from Duke University in 1972, received his masterís degree from Emory University in 1976, and did post-graduate study in mathematics education and human problem-solving at Stanford University in the late 1970ís. His foreign languages include Chinese, Thai, Lao, Spanish, and Nepalese.
An accomplished violinist, Jess enjoys all types of music, especially the blues. As a Duke alumnus, he remains to this day a rabid college basketball fan. He and his wife, Mary, have two children, a daughter Nicole who is a leadership consultant in southern California and a son Skyler who is a sophomore at the University of California, Santa Cruz.