Helen LaFave took up her assignment as U.S. Consul General in Kolkata on August 24. Immediately before coming to Kolkata, she served as the Deputy Director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau at the U.S. State Department.
Earlier, Ms. LaFave had served at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai as Public Affairs Officer and has always been waiting for an opportunity to come to Kolkata. According to Ms. LaFave, “I have always wanted to come to Kolkata from the time I joined the Foreign Service and I am absolutely delighted to finally be here. I look forward to discovering Kolkata and the other states in the Consular District particularly the scenic landscapes of the North East.”
LaFave is from New Hampshire and joined the Foreign Service in 1998. Her previous assignments include Pearson Legislative Fellow in the Office of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain and as Vice Consul and Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola.
LaFave holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia; both degrees are in American Studies. In 2011 she earned a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University.