Former Deputy Chief of Mission
Jess L. Baily
Jess L. Baily assumed the position of Chargé d'Affaires ad Interim at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on July 8, 2014 and handed over his duties to Ross Wilson on September 8th, 2014. He had previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara from July 2011 to July 2014. Most recently, he served in the State Department as Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs where he managed bilateral relations with Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. This is his second assignment to Ankara, where he served as Cultural Affairs Officer and later as Embassy Spokesman from 1998 to 2002.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, Mr. Baily joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and has served in public affairs positions in Bangladesh, Senegal, Thailand, and the Netherlands. From 2007 to 2008, he was in Erbil, Iraq as the senior U.S. government civilian representative in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In Washington, he directed the State Department’s Foreign Press Center from 2005-2007 and coordinated U.S. policy on political issues before the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly as Director of the Office of UN Political Affairs from 2008 to 2010.
A native of Cincinnati, Mr. Baily has BA from Yale University and MA in European History from Columbia University. He speaks French, Turkish and Thai. He is married and has one son.
Douglas A. Silliman Former Deputy Chief of Mission (July 2008-July 2011)
Doug Silliman has served as Deputy Chief of Mission since July 2008. He joined the Department of State in 1984 and is a career member of Senior Foreign Service.
Mr. Silliman has served as Director and Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Southern European Affairs, as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and as the Regional Officer for the Middle East in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Mr. Silliman earlier served as a political officer in Islamabad, Pakistan, in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, as Lebanon Desk officer, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He began his career as a visa officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a political officer in Tunis, Tunisia.
Mr. Silliman received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science summa cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He has received several awards from the Department of State, including the Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach in 2007. The American Foreign Service Association gave Mr. Silliman its Sinclaire Language Award in 1993 and the W. Averill Harriman Award for outstanding junior officer in 1988. Mr. Silliman speaks Turkish, Arabic and French. He is married and has two sons.