Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.
A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Perrin is the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the Embassy of the United States in San Jose, Costa Rica. For the past two years he has served as the Embassy’s Counselor for Political, Economic and Narcotics Affairs. ¬
Most recently he served in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China as an economic officer and as the State Department’s Labor Officer with the diplomatic title of First Secretary, and as Consul General (acting), or Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, China. Mr. Perrin also worked as an economic officer and vice-counsel at the U.S. Embassies in Caracas, Venezuela and Bangkok, Thailand, and in Washington, D.C. he served in the State Department's Operations Center Crisis Management office.
Mr. Perrin received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and worked as a mechanical engineer at the former Avondale Shipyards in Avondale, Louisiana. He then entered law school at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. After earning a J.D. from Tulane Law School with honors, Mr. Perrin practiced law in San Francisco, California and New Orleans, Louisiana, specializing in the defense of corporations in class action and product liability litigation. He entered the Foreign Service in 1999.
Mr. Perrin is the recipient of several State Department individual Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, the American Foreign Service Association’s 2002 Achievement Award, and the joint State and Labor Department 2011 Award for Excellence in Labor Diplomacy. His foreign languages include Spanish, Thai, and Chinese. He is married to Michele A. Perrin, and together they have one daughter, Isabel Wilhelmina Perrin.