Consul General James (Jim) Herman assumed charge of the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt on August 14, 2015. Mr. Herman is a career Foreign Service Officer, with a rank of Minister Counselor. He is the Ambassador’s representative to the German states of Hessen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, and Saarland. As such, he leads the largest U.S. consulate in the world.
Mr. Herman served previously as the Executive Director in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. In this capacity, he had oversight for all Consular Affairs’ bureau staffing, human resources, general services, and support to the bureau’s $3 billion global enterprise of 12,000 employees in 280 locations around the world.
He has over two decades of management, consular, and policy experience with the U.S. government. He led consular operations in India and El Salvador and worked as a consular officer in Guatemala, Japan, Italy, and China. Jim had two prior assignments in Washington, DC as Deputy Director of Consular Systems and Technology and on the Secretary of State’s staff in the Operations Center. Mr. Herman earned a Master’s Degree from the Army War College and has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Hawaii. Jim also served in the U.S. Air Force.
He is married to Etsuko (Leilani) Herman and his son is a consular officer currently serving in Italy. Jim speaks German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.