REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Macedonia
CANDIDATE: Jess Lippincott Baily
Jess Lippincott Baily, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara, Turkey where he skillfully manages a complex mission in a NATO ally in the heart of a critical region. In February 2013, he expertly led the response to a suicide bombing of the Embassy. His years of experience in Europe, strong inter-agency and management skills, and public diplomacy expertise will enable him to further bilateral relations with the Government of Macedonia and engage effectively with both the Macedonian public and important institutions.
Previously, Mr. Baily served the Department of State as Director, Office of Southeast European Affairs (2010-2011), Director, Office of United Nations Political Affairs (2008-2010) and Director, Washington Foreign Press Center (2005-2007). From 2007 to 2008, he led the Regional Reconstruction Team in Erbil, Iraq. Other overseas assignments include Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands (2002-2005), Cultural Affairs Officer and then Information Officer/Spokesman, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey (1998-2002). Before the United States Information Agency (USIA) merged with the Department of State, Mr. Baily served as Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director (1995-1996), Desk Officer for Francophone West Africa (1994-1995), and in press and cultural affairs positions at U.S. Embassies in Bangkok, Thailand, Dakar, Senegal, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. From 1996 to 1997, he was USIA Vice President of the American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1985, he worked at AMIDEAST in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Baily earned a B.A. summa cum laude in History and French Literature at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1982 and a M.A. in European History at Columbia University, New York, New York in 1985. He has received five Superior Honor Awards and two Meritorious Honor Awards. He speaks French, Turkish, and Thai.