Ms. Frances Chisholm is the U.S. Consul General in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa.
Consul General Chisholm has devoted most of her Foreign Service career to service in the State Department’s Africa Bureau, both overseas and in Washington DC. She most recently served as Economic Advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan. Previously she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and as Senior Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe.
At the height of activity under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, Consul General Chisholm facilitated debt treatments for eligible countries in Africa in the State Department’s Office of Monetary Affairs in Washington DC. She has also served as Economic Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva. Other overseas assignments include service as Economic Officer in Monterrey, Mexico, and in Bonn, Germany.
Consul General Chisholm hails from Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. in History (honors) from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, an M.Sc. in Finance from City University, London, and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College, London University, where she was the recipient of the 150th Anniversary Prize in Agricultural Economics. She speaks German and Spanish. She is an avid reader and has a keen interest in history. She delights in hiking and the great outdoors.