Chargé d’Affaires Usha Pitts began her tour at the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas on New Year’s Day, 2021. In the past, she served at diplomatic posts in Russia, Cuba, Italy, Austria, Panama, and Brazil. She has also served in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
As the Diplomat in Residence for New York City, Ms. Pitts traveled a region of 45 million Americans, recruiting aspiring diplomats and promoting public service. During her most recent tour abroad, Ms. Pitts led the U.S. Consulate General in Recife, a seaside city in Brazil’s growing Northeast region. Ms. Pitts also worked in Rome and Vienna as a U.S. liaison to international organizations dealing with food security and atomic energy.
During her tour in Washington, Ms. Pitts supervised a team in the State Department’s Operations Center, a 24-hour crisis management and communications center. Earlier in her career, Ms. Pitts worked in Havana, where she tracked the Cuban economy. She began her career at U.S. Embassies in Moscow and Panama City.
Ms. Pitts was born and raised in Massachusetts, the daughter of an interracial marriage. She visited India at age 11, an experience that led to a lifetime of travel and an eventual career in the Foreign Service. She speaks Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, the George Washington University, and the Naval War College. Her husband Paul Nicklin, a British citizen, accompanied her to The Bahamas. They have two adult children.