Shari English Woods Villarosa is a United States diplomat and career foreign service officer. She is the incumbent United States Ambassador to Mauritius and to the Seychelles. She served as the chargé d'affaires for the United States Embassy in Rangoon, August 2005 to September 2008. Since there has not been a US Ambassador to Burma since 1990, the chargé d'affaires is the chief of mission and the most senior official in the embassy.
On September 22, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed: Sharon English Woods Villarosa, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mauritius, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles.
She previously served as Director of Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore Affairs in the Department of State's East Asia and Pacific Bureau, Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Dili, East Timor.
Her other overseas assignments have been in Songkhla, Thailand; Brasilia, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia. Her assignments at the State Department in Washington have been as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs; Deputy Director of the Office of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam Affairs; Singapore and Indonesia desk officer; and in the Office of Investment Affairs. In addition, she spent a year at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii as Diplomat-in-Residence.
Shari graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies. She also has a law degree from The College of William and Mary. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and Indonesian.
Carmen Maria Martinez
|Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to Burma
Larry Miles Dinger
- U.S. Embassy in Rangoon: Ambassador’s biography
- U.S. Department of State: Ambassadors to Burma
- U.S. Department of State: Biography of Shari Villarosa
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