Janice L. Jacobs is a retired federal agency administrator and former ambassador who for many decades served in various United States government agencies. Most recently, Ms. Jacobs served as Transparency Coordinator for the United States Department of State, having been appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry. Ms. Jacobs also served as the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs from 2008 to 2014, and in 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Ambassador to Senegal and United States Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau. She served in these roles until 2007. In addition to these prestigious appointments, she has served in a number of other capacities in the U.S. State Department and Foreign Service, including Director of Office Field Support, and Consular Chief.
Ms. Jacobs received a BA from Southern Illinois University in 1968, and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 1995. She followed in her father’s footsteps by working as a diplomat and government administrator. He took his family overseas, and she lived in Ethiopia for a time. While there, she had the honor of meeting Emperor Haile Selassie.
Throughout her career she has been honored and recognized for her services, having received an honorary doctorate of public service from Southern Illinois University, as well as presidential rank awards and superior honor awards from the U.S. Department of State.