Elia E. Tello began her tenure as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico on July 28, 2017.
Elia joined the U.S. Foreign Service in July 2000. Elia served as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. She was the Deputy Press Attaché in Rome, Italy. In Washington, Elia served as a Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center, and later served as the Desk Officer for Panama and Honduras in the Office of Central American Affairs. Elia was then assigned to the New York Foreign Press Center, and in 2010, Elia became the Deputy Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. From 2012-2014 she served as the Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Most recently, Elia served as the Deputy Commissioner General for the United States Pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015, (the World’s Fair).
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Elia worked in the private sector for the Dayton Hudson Foundation, and Target Stores in the areas of cause marketing and community relations. Elia is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a BA in International Relations. Elia earned a Master of Science in National Resourcing Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University, in Washington, DC. Elia hails from Bismarck, North Dakota.