Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elia E. Tello

Elia E. Tello began her tenure at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in September 2020.  A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Tello previously served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo, Mexico 2017-2020.  Ms. Tello also served as the Deputy Commissioner General for the USA Pavilion at the 2015 International Exposition in Milan (aka the World’s Fair).  Ms. Tello began her career as Vice-Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Her overseas assignments included U.S. Embassy Bogota, U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico, and U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy.  In Washington, Ms. Tello worked in the State Department Operations Center, and the Panama and Honduras Desk in the Office of Central American Affairs.  She also served as Program Officer at the Foreign Press Center in New York City, NY.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service Ms. Tello worked in the area of community relations and community relations marketing for the Dayton Hudson Foundation and Target Stores.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and received a Master’s of Science from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School in Washington, DC.  Ms. Tello hails from Bismarck, North Dakota.