The Public Affairs Section (PAS) strives to enhance mutual understanding among the people of the United States and Bolivia. The Public Affairs Officer (PAO) heads the section and is assisted by the Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO), Information Officer (IO), Public Diplomacy Officer (PDO), and a team of locally employed staff. The section consists of the following three offices:
Under the direction of the Information Officer (IO), the Press Office interacts with local and foreign media informing them of U.S. Government policies and explaining bilateral issues. The Press Office provides a variety of services including distribution of press releases and policy papers/speeches, organization of press conferences, coordination of ambassadorial interviews, production of radio programs, among other activities. On the occasion of visits by high level U.S. officials, the Press Office organizes press conferences and interviews and provides support for international press accompanying official delegations.
Contact: LaPazPASIO@state.gov or (591) 2 216 8122
Cultural Affairs Office
Under the direction of the Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO), the Cultural Affairs Office is responsible for promoting cultural and educational ties between the United States and Bolivia. The office works closely with numerous Bolivian academic and cultural institutions to organize lectures, exhibits, performances, videoconferences, and a variety of other activities. Specific programs managed by this office include the Fulbright and Humphrey Scholarship Programs, the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Voluntary Visitor Program, the Access English Microscholarship Program, the Martin Luther King/College Horizons Scholarship Program, the Youth Ambassadors Program, Study of the U.S. Institutes, the Mission Speakers Program, the book donation program “U.S. and Bolivia – United in Reading.” and the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.
Under the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the U.S. and Bolivian governments in 2001 and renewed most recently in 2016, the Cultural Affairs Office works closely with the Bolivian government in the area of cultural heritage protection and preservation.
The Cultural Affairs Office also works in close collaboration with the five independent bi-national centers in Bolivia to encourage and strengthen English language learning in Bolivia.
Contact: LaPazFulbright@state.gov or (591) 2 216 8422
Information Resource Center
Under the direction of the Public Diplomacy Officer (PDO), the Information Resource Center (IRC) responds to requests from the Bolivian public for information about the United States. The IRC manages the Embassy’s website and social media activities. The IRC also provides training and outreach activities on a variety of subjects.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (591) 2 216 8422
Street address: Avenida Arce 2780
Mailing address inside Bolivia: Casilla 425, La Paz
Mailing address from the United States: 3220 La Paz Pl; Washington, D.C.; 20521-3220
Phone: (591-2) 216-8986; Fax: (591-2) 216-8624
Monday-Thursday 8:00 – 17:30
Friday 08:00 – 12:00
Rolf A. Olson – Political/Economic Counselor
J.M. Saxton-Ruiz – Deputy Political/Economic Chief
Wallace E. Armes – Political Unit Chief
Craig Franco – Political Officer
Stephanie Guerra-Smith – Political Officer
Jeremy Slezak – Economic/Commercial Unit Chief
Cody Thompson – Economic Officer
Stephen Fernandez – Economic Officer