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COUNTERPOINT: State Department Pays a Visit

By Michael Matthiesen posted Aug 09, 2011 at 06:29 PM

Sunday @11am: Michael, Vinny, and our Summer Host Renee will  be joined by Jeffry Olesen. Mr. Olesen is the U. S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence at Florida International University and Miami-Dade College. Mr. Olesen will be joining our Counterpoint hosts to talk about the State Department today a long with opportunities the U.S Department of State provides to students. if you have any questions for Mr. Olesen, e-mail our hosts at counterpoint@wvum.org

You can put in your opinions and questions on Sunday by: Text:  (786)-309-8861  Facebook  (or) Twitter [@CPWVUM]

 

Jeffry R. Olesen, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is the U. S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence at Florida International University and Miami-Dade College.  Before assuming this position, Mr. Olesen served from July 2007 until July 2010 as Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs to the three U.S. Missions in Vienna; the U.S. Mission to Austria, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna (US UNVIE) and the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (USOSCE).  
 
Mr. Olesen entered the Foreign Service in 1987 and has served seven overseas postings and two tours at the State Department in Washington.  Before arriving in Vienna, he served as Management Counselor at Embassy Athens (2004-2007) where he supported construction of a new $40 million Annex building.  As Management Counselor in Embassy Almaty (2001-2004), he created an Embassy Branch Office in the new capital of Astana and acquired the property from the Government of Kazakhstan for construction of a new Embassy compound there.  As Administrative Officer in Embassy Budapest (1999-2001) he coordinated support for the Office of Yugoslav Affairs when it was established in Budapest after the closure of Embassy Belgrade prior to NATO operations against the Milosevic regime. 
 
Other postings include Supervisory General Services Officer (GSO) at Embassy Budapest (1997-1999) where he supported a major renovation of the Chancery building and several evacuations of Embassy Belgrade; GSO at Embassy Abu Dhabi (1989-1991) supporting greatly increased operations in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Administrative Officer at Consulate General Lahore (1991-1993) where he provided support for the construction and move to a new Consulate building; and as vice consul at Consulate General Guadalajara (1987-1989) providing services to American citizens throughout the consular district.
 
Tours at State Department headquarters in Washington D.C. include a stint handling export control policy for conventional weapons in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (1993-1995, and as Post Management Officer in the Office of the Executive Director of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (1995-1997) where he helped support the move of the U.S. Embassy from Bonn to Berlin.   
 
Prior to joining the State Department Mr. Olesen spent 17 years in the private sector working in the retail field for nearly seven years with Montgomery Ward and Co.(1971-1977), and in the financial services industry for ten years with Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney and as part-owner of Olesen-Houser and Associates (1977-1987). He spent eight years as a military reservist in the National Guard serving in the District of Columbia National Guard (1970-1973) and West Virginia National Guard (1973-1978).  He served as an adjunct instructor in financial management at the undergraduate level at West Virginia State College and Marshall University, and at the graduate level at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. 
 
Mr. Olesen holds an undergraduate degree (AB) in history and government from Cornell University (1970), and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from West Virginia University’s College of Graduate Studies (1978).    
 
Mr. Olesen is married and has three adult children and two grandchildren.










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