The Consul General
The German Consulate General in San Francisco is headed by Consul General Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, Germany's highest ranking representative in the Pacific Northwest.
The area of jurisdisction of the Consulate General in San Francisco covers Northern California, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and U.S. territories Baker, Howland, Jarvis, Johnston Islands, Midway and Palmyra Island.
Consul General Hans-Ulrich Südbeck also heads the Political Department. He provides the German Government with a comprehensive view of political, economic, scientific and cultural developments in the eight States of his consular district. In return, he informs 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 region as well as with the German Honorary Consuls in their consular district.
Economic and Scientific Affairs
Deputy Consul General Patrick Heinz 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.
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.
Cultural and Press Affairs
Deputy Consul General Patrick Heinz is responsible for fostering the cultural ties between Germany and the Pacific Northwest. One of his major goals is to support the learning and teaching of German in high schools, colleges and universities. He informs the media and the general public in order to convey a realistic image of modern Germany. Helping journalists do their job is also his 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 advisors, the German International School of Silicon Valley, the German International School of Portland ,and many more organizations and institutions active in this field.
Consular and legal affairs
Consul Monika Witzel de Salazar and her 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.
Consul Sonja Schlegel 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.
Brief history of the Building that houses the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany: