Jennifer Gavito is the U.S. Consul General in Munich, Germany. She arrived in September, 2015 and most recently served for three years as the Chief of the Political Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where she acted as the Consul General’s senior political advisor on all issues related to Middle East peace negotiations and U.S. policy toward Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Her service in Jerusalem followed one year as Foreign Affairs Policy Advisor to the U.S. Africa Command’s Directorate for Plans, Policies, and Programs (J5) in Stuttgart.
From 2008-2011, Ms. Gavito was Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. Prior to that assignment, she was Director for Syria and Lebanon on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House. Ms. Gavito has also served as Deputy Director of the Maghreb Affairs Office in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of U.S. policy toward North Africa. She was previously the Department of State’s primary action officer on Libya. From 2003 to 2005, Jen served as head of the Economic/Commercial section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Her earlier tours were as an Economic and Consular Officer in Nicaragua and as a Vice-Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt. Before joining the State Department in 1998, she worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury as an Economic Analyst.
Ms. Gavito speaks German, French, and Spanish. Ms. Gavito attended American University in Washington, D.C. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but now calls Colorado home. She is married and has two young sons.