Counselor Jess L. Baily

Director, Office of the United Nations Political Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Jess Baily is Director of the Office of U.N. Political Affairs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs where he coordinates U.S. policy on political issues before the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly.

Prior to this assignment, he served in Erbil, Iraq as the U.S. Embassy’s Regional Coordinator for the Kurdistan Regional Government and Deputy Team Leader of the Coalition’s Regional Reconstruction Team.  In this capacity he was the senior U.S. civilian representative in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Mr. Baily joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and has served in Public Affairs positions in Bangladesh, Senegal, Thailand, Turkey and the Netherlands.   From 2005 to 2007, he directed the State Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center.

A native of Cincinnati, Mr. Baily has a BA from Yale University and a MA in European History from Columbia University.   He speaks French, Turkish and Thai.  He is married and has one son.

Update :

In July 2011, Baily has assumed his duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.