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Name: Wills, Mary
Current Position: Previous Ambassador

As a career diplomat with more than three decades of involvement in international affairs, Mary Jo Wills was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Ambassador to Mauritius and the Seychelles in December of 2009.

Wills holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Chatham College in Pittsburgh (1973) , a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Tech, a masters Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) in the National Capital Region.
Mary Jo Wills began her career in the Foreign Service in 1980. Early in her career, Wills served as a desk officer for Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia.
From 1999 to 2002, Wills was the Deputy Principal Officer in the Milan Consulate. From 2003 to 2004, she served as an Economic Advisor in the Economic, Energy and Business Bureau. From 2004 to 2007, she Wills was the Office Director of the Africa Bureau’s Economic Policy Staff. From August 2007 to January 2009, she was Country Director for Southern Africa Affairs.
Most recently, Mary Jo Wills was the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs from January of 2009 until her most recent appointment.
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