Jessica Davis Ba is the Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Mission to the African Union and the U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) . She served as the Deputy Program Director for the Office of Program Management – Ministry of Interior strengthening Saudi Arabia’s ability to provide public security and protect infrastructure crucial to the global economy. Jessica was the Special Assistant in the Operations Center Office of Crisis Management Support where she implemented systemic improvements to the Department’s emergency planning guidelines and decision-making framework for risk management and mitigation. In Iraq, Jessica served as the Deputy Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section, forging partnerships to advance civilian security and rule of law.
As Deputy Economic Counselor in Nairobi, Kenya Jessica helped structure the USG’s largest public-private partnership in East Africa and played a pivotal role in Kenya’s establishment of a Financial Intelligence Unit to combat money laundering and terrorism finance. In the Somalia Affairs Unit, Jessica engaged stakeholders in the Djibouti Peace Process and shaped the international strategy to encourage the Somali business community to lead reconciliation and development initiatives.
Jessica served as Chief of the Political, Economic, and Commercial Section at the U.S. Embassy in Conakry, Guinea where she promoted political reforms and supported our partners as they launched the popular movement toward Guinea’s democratic transition. Jessica began her career at the State Department as a Consular and Political Officer in Lagos, Nigeria focusing on the oil-rich Delta region. She was a 2006-2007 Powell Fellow, one of thirteen Department employees selected by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to participate in this year-long leadership development program.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Jessica taught in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and conducted doctoral research on communication technologies and development in Africa. Jessica is married and has five sons.