Shari Villarosa

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Shari Villarosa
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United States Ambassador to the Seychelles
In office
November 5, 2012 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Mary Wilis
United States Ambassador to Mauritius
In office
November 5, 2012 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Mary Wilis
United States Ambassador to Burma
Acting
In office
August 2005 – September 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Carmen Martinez
Succeeded by Larry Dinger
Personal details
Born Shari English Woods Villarosa
1951 (age 65–66)
Spouse(s) Richard Olson
Alma mater University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
College of William and Mary

Shari English Woods Villarosa is a United States diplomat and career foreign service officer. She was the United States Ambassador to Mauritius and to the Seychelles from 2012 to 2017.

Education[edit]

Shari graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies. She also has a law degree from The College of William and Mary. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and Indonesian.

Career[edit]

On September 22, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed Villarosa to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mauritius, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles.

She served as the chargé d'affaires for the United States Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, from August 2005 to September 2008. At the time, there had not been a U.S. Ambassador to Burma since 1990, so as chargé d'affaires, Villarosa was the chief of mission and the most senior official in the embassy.

She previously served as Director of Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore Affairs in the Department of State's East Asia and Pacific Bureau, Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Dili, East Timor.

Her other overseas assignments have been in Songkhla, Thailand; Brasilia, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia. Her assignments at the State Department in Washington, D.C., have been as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs; Deputy Director of the Office of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam Affairs; Singapore and Indonesia desk officer; and in the Office of Investment Affairs. In addition, she spent a year at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, as Diplomat-in-Residence.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Carmen Martinez
Chargés d’Affaires to Burma
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Larry Dinger
Preceded by
Mary Wilis
United States Ambassador to Mauritius
2012–2017
Incumbent
United States Ambassador to the Seychelles
2012–2017