With the departure of Ragini Gupta at the end of her mandate, the US Consulate General in Florence welcomes Daniela Ballard as the new U.S. Consul General.
Ballard joined the Department of State in 2004. She has served overseas in Pakistan, Brazil and the Dominican Republic as well as domestically in the Economic Bureau, the Bureau of International Organizations and at the Foreign Service Institute. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Office Director of the European Bureau’s Office of European Union and Regional Affairs, providing economic policy analysis and advice. She also served as a foreign policy fellow in the Office of Senator Christopher Coons.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Daniela was an investment banker in New York and San Francisco, working for Salomon Smith Barney and Bank of America Securities. Daniela received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2019. She is also a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received an MBA in Finance and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Economics.