Shari Villarosa (1978)

Retired U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius and Seychelles (2012-2016)


Shari Villarosa was confirmed as Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles in September 2012 and held that position until her retirement in 2016. Before her appointment, she served as Deputy Coordinator for Regional Affairs for the Bureau of Counterterrorism of the Department of State. She previously served as Chief of Mission in Rangoon, Burma and Dili, East Timor. She also served in a variety of other positions in the Department of State and US Embassies in Indonesia, Brazil, Thailand, Ecuador and Colombia.

Ms. Villarosa graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in international studies before obtaining her law degree from William and Mary. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and Indonesian.

After retiring from her position as U.S. Ambassador, Ms. Villarosa now keeps busy traveling, volunteering, and investigating harassment cases for the U.S. State Department.

"The analytical skills I learned at William and Mary Law School enabled me to succeed in my Foreign Service career, and I can’t imagine a better career."