Janice L. Jacobs
Ms. Jacobs became the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services on October 15, 2002. Prior to her arrival, she served two years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Her career includes a mix of Washington, D.C. and overseas assignments, including working in the State Department’s Visa Office, Operations Center, and Office of Cuban Affairs.
Ms. Jacobs, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, joined the Foreign Service in March 1980 after many years of overseas experience as a Foreign Service dependent. She has lived in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia (twice), France, Mexico (twice), Nigeria, and Thailand. She received a BA in French and Education from Southern Illinois University in 1968 and a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 1995.
Janice is married and has two sons, Eric and Kurt. Eric is a Foreign Service Officer (third generation) and Kurt is an aspiring actor living in Chicago. Her husband, Ken, is a senior civilian personnel specialist with the Department of Navy. Hobbies include running, swimming, and biking. She speaks Spanish and French.