James P. Du Vernay became the Consul for Western France at U.S. Consulate Rennes in August 2018. In previous assignments as the supervisory director of logistics at the American embassies in Tunisia and Mali, Mr. Du Vernay led teams of 60 people that handled diverse functions ranging from official housing to international shipping. As the director of human resources at U.S. Embassy Caracas, he directed personnel services for 500 employees. Earlier assignments included service at U.S. Embassy Islamabad and U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City. He also worked in Washington as an economic officer in the Bureau of Energy Resources.
Prior to joining the diplomatic service, Mr. Du Vernay worked as an English teaching assistant in Kourou, French Guyana, a park ranger in California, and a communications assistant for the New York City Office of Emergency Management. He earned a B.A. degree from Hamilton College in French and Public Policy, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Having studied at Sciences Po Paris while in college, he later studied at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and earned a master’s degree in Sociology from l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne.
Mr. Du Vernay speaks French, Spanish, and varying degrees of Italian, Vietnamese, and Urdu. A competitive runner and healthy cook, he has completed three Paris Marathons and Corsica’s breathtaking GR 20 hiking trail. He and his wife have two energetic and trilingual young sons.