A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with Minister Counselor rank, Consul General-designate Mary Tarnowka arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in August 2016. Prior to arriving in Vietnam, she served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea.
Ms. Tarnowka has over two decades of experience in the Foreign Service, focused mainly in Asia, where she has served as Deputy Principal Officer and Political and Economic Section Chief in Shanghai, Deputy Economic Counselor in Delhi, and Economic Officer in Taipei, as well as postings in La Paz, and Santo Domingo. She also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Global Issues and Senior Congressional Advisor for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as Trade Policy Officer at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State, as well as Director of U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Coordination at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Tarnowka was a Certified Public Accountant and International Tax Manager in San Francisco. Ms. Tarnowka has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s from Golden Gate University. Ms. Tarnowka speaks Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Spanish. She has two daughters. The eldest lives and works in San Francisco and the youngest attends Middle School in Ho Chi Minh City.