Patricia L. Fietz took office as Consul General in Guayaquil on August 4, 2014. She is a diplomat with 20 years of experience in the foreign service. She began her career in 1994 in the Information Service of the United States in Cairo, Egypt. Previously, she served in Colombia, France, Hong Kong and Syria. Her most recent position, from 2011 to 2014, was as Head of the Consular Section at the Consulate General in Toronto. Before joining the Foreign Service of the United States, she taught English in Spain and Greece, Italian in the United States and worked in the tourism industry in Spain, Tunisia and Switzerland.
Ms. Fietz has a Masters in International Relations from Boston University; a Master of Public Policy and a Certificate in Urban Planning at the University of Princeton; and a Certificate in Hispanic Studies from the University of Salamanca, Spain. She is native to western New York state near the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, where she earned a degree in Spanish from the University of Buffalo.
The Ms. Fietz has three children and two grandchildren.