Yolanda began her tenure as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico on August 14, 2020. Ms. Parra comes to Matamoros from Washington DC where she served as the Director of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management in the Bureau of Consular Affairs responsible for the welfare of U.S. citizens traveling and residing outside the United States.
Ms. Parra joined the U.S. diplomatic corps in 2003 and has served as the Special Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Overseas Citizen Services and then as Intercountry Adoptions Branch Chief in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Prior to this, Ms. Parra served as Chief of the Consular Section in Brasilia, Brazil and as Chief of American Citizen Services in Cairo, Egypt. She has also done tours in Jerusalem, Tokyo and Frankfurt. Before entering the Foreign Service, Ms. Parra worked at the firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Ms. Parra holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors of Business and Accounting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Parra is a native of Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.