Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Jessica Davis Ba

Jessica Davis Ba is the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena, Chad.  She oversees all Embassy operations, including consular and security matters, political and economic engagement, public affairs programs, and management issues.

Previously, she served at the Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Mission to the African Union and the U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Economic Commission for Africa and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the Office of Program Management – Ministry of Interior.  In the Operations Center Office of Crisis Management Support, Jessica implemented systemic improvements for worldwide emergency planning.  In Iraq, Jessica served as the Deputy Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section, forging partnerships to advance civilian security and rule of law.

During her service in Nairobi, Jessica played a pivotal role in Kenya’s establishment of a Financial Intelligence Unit to combat money laundering and terrorism finance.  In the Somalia Affairs Unit, Jessica engaged stakeholders in the Djibouti Peace Process and shaped the international strategy to encourage the Somali business community to lead reconciliation and development initiatives.  Jessica served as Political/Economic Counselor in Conakry, Guinea and began her career with the Department of State in Lagos, Nigeria.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Jessica taught in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University.  She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed doctoral research on communication technologies and development in Africa.  Jessica is married and has five sons.