Lyra S. Carr assumed her duties as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Halifax in July 2021, only the second female Consul General in the Post’s 188-year history.
In this role she represents U.S interests in the four Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. She also provides consular representation to the French Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
A career Foreign Service Officer since 2003, Lyra came to Halifax after serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Visa Services in Washington DC, where she managed interagency coordination and implementation of immigration policies. Lyra’s previous domestic assignment was within the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of the Comptroller, where she served as acting Comptroller and led interagency coordination to establish an independent financial account for the Bureau.
Her overseas assignments included Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Albania, Staff Assistant and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Peru and the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic. Throughout both her domestic and foreign assignments Lyra has been a passionate advocate of mentoring the next generation of Foreign Service Officers.
A native of southern California, Lyra is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies and a Master of Arts in German Studies. Lyra is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. She speaks Spanish and has studied German, Albanian, and Italian.
She is accompanied in Halifax by her husband, a fellow Foreign Service Officer, their two sons, and their adopted cat and dog from Albania.