Mary Ellen Noonan Koenig, a career diplomat in the United States Foreign Service, arrived in Hamilton on August 27, 2015, to assume responsibilities as the U.S. Consul General to Bermuda. Her most recent previous assignment was as the Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where she oversaw one of the U.S. Government’s largest public diplomacy programs overseas which included academic and professional exchanges, grants programs, English Language activities, and film and speaker programs. Her other overseas posts also focused on public diplomacy programming and included Pretoria, South Africa; Bern, Switzerland; and Berlin, Germany. Her Washington assignments included five years in the Bureau for Education and Cultural Affairs, as well as serving as the political desk officer for Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Prior to joining the Department of State in 1993, Mrs. Koenig worked as a freelance writer and as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mrs. Koenig received her Bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and has Masters degrees from Washington University and the National Defense University.
Mrs. Koenig is joined in Hamilton by her husband Robert L. Koenig who is a writer and journalist. Mr. and Mrs. Koenig are both from St. Louis, Missouri. They have four adult children and one grandchild.