A career Foreign Service Officer, Jennifer has served in consular, political, and management positions in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; the US Mission to the United Nations in New York; Dublin, Ireland; Hanoi, Vietnam; the Consular Training Division of the Foreign Service Institute; the Bureau of Consular Affairs; Quito, Ecuador; and Manila, Philippines. Most recently, she served as Counselor for Labor, Education, and Social Affairs within the Economic Section of the Embassy in Mexico City. She joined the Foreign Service in 1996 after she received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC. She is married and has a young son, born in 2016, and two grown step-children. Jennifer’s husband, John “JP” Patterson is also a member of the Foreign Service.
Jen is passionate about leadership, efficiency, work-life balance, and mentoring.