As Consul General, Otto Hans Van Maerssen is in charge of promoting U.S. interests and serving a community of citizens who actively contribute to the vitality of the U.S.-Mexico border region. A native of Texas, he graduated from Fordham University with a double-major in political science and French; earned a JD from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law; and received a diplôme from France’s Ecole Nationale d’administration.
Otto’s extensive policy experience in the Department of State has focused on the Western Hemisphere, European, Near East and South Asia regions, and multilateral affairs. Previously, he served on detail to the Department of Defense as advisor at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in Fort Benning, Georgia. Prior to that, he served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Other overseas assignments include Kabul, Geneva, Baghdad, Paris, Monterrey, Bogota, and Merida. His Washington assignments include a detail as Director with the U.S. Trade Representative at the White House, and serving as staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs.
A recipient of multiple Department of State Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, Otto speaks Spanish, French, and Russian. He is the proud father of a son and daughter: Nicolaas and Natalie.