We Have A New Consul General

But we only get to keep him for 3 years

The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana is pleased as punch to announce the arrival of William A. Ostick as the new Consul General in Tijuana as of July 30th.  Ostick will serve in Tijuana for the next three years, with jurisdiction over the entire Baja California peninsula.

bill too.jpgWill, as his pals call him, is a career foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Director for the Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Whatever that is, these press releases are pretty bureaucratic.  He previously served as spokesperson and press advisor for the bureau. 

In June 2011 he graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) with a master’s degree in national resource strategy. From 2007 to 2010, he served as information officer at the U.S. embassy in Madrid.  Previously, he served as public affairs officer and information officer in Panama. This guy gets around.

Other Foreign Service assignments Will has had include country desk officer for Argentina; desk officer for public diplomacy for Brazil and the Southern Cone; public affairs officer in Niamey, Niger; cultural affairs officer in Tanzania; and, assistant information officer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He joined the U.S. Information Agency in 1989, which merged with the State Department in 1999.

Will graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with a BA in journalism and holds a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.   He speaks Spanish and French. And presumedly English.

He is married to Catherine Tremayne, and they have two daughters.

A big, warm welcome to Will from all of us!