Mary Ellen Countryman assumed the duties of U.S. Consul General in Naples, Italy on August 29, 2016.
Ms. Countryman is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. Most recently, she served as Director of Strategic Communications in the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service. From 2008-2011, she served as Consul General in Florence, Italy and from 2000 to 2001, as Deputy White House Press Secretary and Senior Director for Press at the National Security Council. Her previous postings also include Jakarta, St. Petersburg, Rangoon, Tokyo, Milan, and the Office of Japan Affairs at the Department of State.
Ms. Countryman hails from the State of Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Before entering the diplomatic service, Ms. Countryman was a television news producer in New York and Tokyo. She is married to career Foreign Service Officer Benjamin Wohlauer, and they both speak Italian, Japanese, and Indonesian. This is her third official assignment in Italy, a country that she loves, especially considering her passion for culinary traditions.