Elias Parra assumed his duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Dili in June, 2019. His previous overseas assignments have included Jerusalem, Tokyo, Cairo, Brasilia, and Sana’a (YAU Jeddah), where he served as General Services Officer in Management. He served in the Office of Crisis Management and Strategy in the State Department Operations Center, and most recently in the Regional Support Center in Frankfurt, as Management Officer and Training Director for the European Region.
Due to the nature and timing of his assignments, he has an extensive background in Crisis Management, including the evacuation of Embassy Cairo during the 2011 Arab Spring, as well as Mission Brazil’s Crisis Planning for the FIFA 2014 World Cup.
Elias completed his undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice in Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee; he earned a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from University of Phoenix in Puerto Rico. Prior to Foreign Service, he worked throughout the Caribbean as a Catastrophe Specialist for Lloyd’s Underwriters, and with United Parcel Service management in the Caribbean and Mexico. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Elias’ son is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and his daughter is currently a sophomore in University of Michigan.