Consul General and Consulate Departments

The Consul General

The German Consulate General in San Francisco is headed by Consul General Peter Rothen, Germany's highest ranking representative in the Pacific Northwest.

His area of jurisdisction covers Northern California, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and U.S. territories Baker, Howland, Jarvis, Johnston Islands, Midway and Palmyra Island.

Political Department

Consul General Peter Rothen also heads the Political Department. He provides the German Government with a timely and comprehensive view  of political, economic, scientific and cultural developments in the eight States of its consular district. In return, it informs its American partners and the general public about important developments in Germany, establishes contacts and fosters ties between Germans and Americans active in these fields. The Consulate General cooperates with a number of German organizations headquartered  in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as with the German Honorary Consuls in their consular district.

Economic and Scientific Affairs

Deputy Consul General Bernhard Abels provides support of German interests in economic, commercial, financial, agricultural, technological, scientific and environmental affairs in the Pacific Northwestof the United States and serves as an information broker about Germany’s economy and trade. He co-operates with, for example, the German American Chambers of Commerce, the German American Business Association and the Representative of German Industry and Trade.

Chamber of Commerce

German American Business Association

GermanTrade and Invest

Sabine Blankenship is the Scientific Liaison Officer at the Consulate. She serves as your first point of contact to German universities, research institutions, research funding agencies, and German government departments dealing with science policy. She facilitates collaboration and exchange between scientists and institutions in Germany and in the Consulate's administrative district. Furthermore, she organizes outreach activities to showcase German science and expands and supports the local network of scientists living in our district who have a personal connection to Germany.

German Research Center for Research and Innovation in New York

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Scientific American

Cultural and Press Affairs

Consul Ulrike Julia Reinhardt is responsible for fostering the cultural ties between Germany and the Pacific Northwest. One of her major goals is to support the learning and teaching of German in high schools, colleges and universities. She informs the media and the general public in order to convey a realistic image of modern Germany. Helping journalists do their job is also her responsibility – from up-to-date topics, to background information, to assistance with research.

The Cultural department works in close co-operation with the Goethe Institute, the German Academic Exchange Service, the German language advisor, the German International School of Silicon Valley, the German-American School in Portland, and many more organizations and institutions active in this field.

Goethe Institute

German Academic Exchange Service

German American School of Portland

Radio Goethe

German International School of Silicon Valley

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

German Agency for Schools Abroad

Consular and legal affairs

Consul Gunther Zeiller and his highly qualified team provide a wide spectrum of indispensable consular services to German and US-citizens as well as third-country nationals. In providing services throughout its extensive area of jurisdiction, the Consular Department is competently assisted by the German Honorary Consuls in Anchorage, Honolulu, Portland and Seattle.

German Honorary Consul

Administrative affairs

Consul Ute Averesch is responsible for managing the Consulate General's day-to-day operations. She also deals with the Consulate General's personnel, business, communications, maintenance and security needs.