Charisse Phillips is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Programs and Aviation in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. She most recently served as Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. Previously she was based in New Delhi as Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, overseeing all Department of State consular operations in India and Bhutan. Prior to that she was Senior Advisor for the Office of Citizen Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, at the Department of State. She served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, from 2014 to 2017, after postings in Frankfurt, Germany; Lima, Peru; Vienna Austria; San Salvador, El Salvador; Hamburg, Germany and Madrid, Spain. She holds the rank of Minister Counselor in the U.S Foreign Service. She joined the Foreign Service in 1986. Her primary foreign languages are German and Spanish.
Ms. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and in Government from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.