Courtney Beale. Photo: Facebook

Courtney Beale has been named the new Consul General at the United States Consulate in Mérida, replacing David Mico.

Beale previously served as a public affairs officer at the United States Embassy in Havana. Prior to Havana, she served as principal director of global participation and special assistant to the president of the National Security Council.

Previous assignments include Monterrey, Mexico; Islamabad, Pakistan; Bogotá, Colombia and New Delhi, India. In Washington, she served as Director of the Office of Strategic Planning in the Public Affairs Office of the Secretary of State.

The St. Louis native is a Princeton University graduate with an International Relations degree from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish, Hindi and Urdu.

Beale is accompanied by her husband Scott and their children. The assignment is for three years, like Mico’s.

The first U.S. consul in Mérida was appointed in 1843 in response to Mexico’s decision to open the ports of Sisal and Campeche to free trade.

The Consulate’s territory is comprised of all three states on the Yucatán Peninsula: Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

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