Robert W. Thomas took up his post as United States Consul General in Montreal in September 2017. In his prior assignment, he directed the 24/7 operation of the “Watch” in the U.S. State Department’s Operations Center, the Secretary of State’s information and crisis management hub. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Thomas also served as coordinator of Visa Services across the ten Foreign Service posts of the U.S. Mission to Mexico, and as Consular Section Chief in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. His other tours abroad include Toronto, Ontario, and Nouakchott, Mauritania.
In the Bureau of Consular Affairs domestically, he established the Consular Integrity Division, a joint Consular Affairs/Diplomatic Security effort to analyze, prevent, and address employee malfeasance. His other domestic assignments include Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs. He was also deployed as part of the Department’s crisis response team in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Thomas counseled victims and witnesses of crime in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. He completed his Bachelor’s degrees in Religion and Political Science at Emory & Henry College, a small liberal-arts college in Southwest Virginia. He speaks French and Spanish. He is accompanied at post by his husband, Mr. Juan Garcia.