Vanessa Zenji – Consul for Public Affairs
Ms. Zenji began her three-year assignment in Fukuoka in August 2016. Since joining the Foreign Service in 2004, she has served as a Political Officer in Quito, Ecuador, as a Consular Officer in Osaka, Japan, and as Deputy Spokesperson in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Zenji also worked at the Department of State headquarters in Washington, D.C. managing the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) for several European countries.
Ms. Zenji grew up in the Northern Virginia area near Washington, D.C. and attended Bard College in New York State, majoring in history. After graduating from college, she taught English for two years in Tokyo, Japan. She has also worked at the University of Maryland and National Geographic Television.
Ms. Zenji is married with two children. Her hobbies are music and reading. She speaks Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. She was born in Washington, District of Columbia.