Consul General Mary Burce Warlick
Mary Burce Warlick arrived in Melbourne October 18 to take up her role as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General with responsibility for the region encompassing the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria.
Consul General Warlick served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia from January 2010 to September 2012. She also served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Policy from 2008 to 2009, as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia at the National Security Council from 2007 to 2008, and as Director of the State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs from 2004 to 2007.
Consul General Warlick was previously assigned as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs in Moscow (2001-2004), Global Affairs Counselor in Bonn, Germany (1994-1998), and Economic Officer in Manila, Philippines (1988-1990) and Dhaka, Bangladesh (1986-1988). She has also served in Washington, D.C., as Office Director for Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus Affairs (1998-2000), Senior Watch Officer in the State Department's Operations Center (1992-1993), and Economic Officer in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (1990-1992).
Consul General Warlick holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2006, she received the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach. She is married to James B. Warlick, who is based in Washington D.C. and is also a career member of the United States Foreign Service. They have three children.
The Consul General
The Consul General is the post's Principal Officer and coordinates all functions of the U.S. Government in the Melbourne consular district. The Consul General maintains contact with senior Australian officials, both state and federal, within the consular district and keeps the Embassy and Washington informed of important political, economic and other developments affecting U.S.interests. The Consul General often represents the United States at public functions and addresses various groups and organizations on issues affecting Australian-American relations. Briefing visiting U.S. officials and American business representatives is also an important responsibility.