Jillian Bonnardeaux

Diplomat in Residence
bonnardj [at] eastwestcenter.org
Area of Expertise: 

Vietnam, Thailand, ASEAN and Mekong River issues; conflict resolution; public diplomacy/affairs; women in conflict environments.

Jillian Bonnardeaux is the US State Department’s current Diplomat in Residence posted at the East-West Center through June 2021. She is available for public speaking events and will happily meet with students and others interested in joining the US Foreign Service.

Specializing in public affairs, Ms. Bonnardeaux joined the Foreign Service in 2006 and most recently served as spokesperson for the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where she coordinated messaging and public affairs outreach for the 49 agencies based there. Her previous overseas assignments have included tours in Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. From 2014 to 2016, she served as Vietnam Desk Officer at State Department headquarters in Washington.

Previously, she worked with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Middle East Program coordinating conferences and workshops on topics including the role of women, youth, and civil society institutions in post-conflict environments, with a particular focus on Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Jillian holds a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service, and a BA in Media Studies and Political Science from Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College.