Deputy Chief of Mission
Paul Mayer started work as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos in September 2012. Prior to his arrival in Laos, Mr. Mayer served in Washington for two years as an Office Director in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He was selected as the 2012 winner of the State Department’s Arnold Raphel Memorial Award for his efforts in mentoring and developing subordinates.
Mr. Mayer previously served as Deputy Consul General in Montréal (2007-2010), as Special Assistant in the State Department’s Visa Office (2006-2007), and as a Senior Watch Officer in the Department’s Operations Center (2005-2006). Paul’s other assignments include: Consul and First Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia (2002-2005), Consul and Chief of American Citizen Services in Bangkok (1998-2001), and Staff Assistant in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1997-1998). Paul began his State Department career with two-year tours in Udorn, Thailand (1993-1995) and Hong Kong (1995-1997).
Prior to joining the State Department in 1992, Mr. Mayer was an Associate at the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School, where he taught and wrote on negotiation and international relations, and was a two-time recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a 1988 graduate of Harvard College, where he received an A.B. in Philosophy, was a DJ for WHRB-FM, and was captain of the university track team with a PR of 10.64 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Mr. Mayer is a native of Wichita, Kansas. He is married and is the father of a beautiful 9-year old daughter. His hobbies include aviation, meteorology, and all aspects of American pop culture. He speaks Thai, Lao, French, and Estonian.