Dean R. Thompson
WELCOME TO KOLKATA
Consul General Dean Thompson arrived in Kolkata on August 3, 2011. He served most recently as Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, which coordinates the development and implementation of Department policy on behalf of the Secretary of State.
Prior to that assignment, Mr. Thompson was Deputy Director of the Operations Center, the State Department's 24-hour communications and crisis management center. The Operations Center monitors world events, prepares briefings for the Secretary and other Department principals, and facilitates communication between the Department and the rest of the world. The Operations Center also coordinates the U.S. government’s response to foreign policy crises and supports task forces, monitoring groups, and other crisis-related activities.
Prior to his assignment in the Operations Center, Mr. Thompson was Deputy Director of the Executive Secretariat's Information Resources Management office. He has also served as Chief of the Economic and Commercial Section at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2003-2006, where he was a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Thompson began his career with assignments in the Political, Economic and Consular sections at the U.S. Embassies in Asuncion, Paraguay and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mr. Thompson earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, a Master of Public Management degree from the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. from Wittenberg University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Thompson worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is married to Jane Thompson, an early-childhood special education teacher. They have three children.