Trudy Deans, Jamaica’s Youngest Consul General to New York

By Derrick Scott

NEW YORK –  Trudy Deans was named Jamaica’s 10th Consul General to New York and assumed duties some six weeks ago.  Deans has created history by being the youngest female to be appointed to this top post in New York.

Trudy Deans is the fourth woman to occupy this position which has been dominated by men.

The Consul General, who was appointed by the Government of Jamaica, is no stranger to the Big Apple as she served previously as the Community Relations Officer from 2010 to 2012.

“My short stint as the Community Relations Officer made me even more aware of the need for a more direct and strategic interaction and communication with the diaspora and the government,” Deans said. “During that period, I found that the lines of communication could be unwittingly blurred. As such, I intend to expand the scope of the consulate to embrace the emerging trends in telecommunications and technology to ensure that the community is up to date on matters of national interest and to participate in discussions affecting Jamaica and the Diaspora.”

Consul General Deans pointed out that the consulate will continue, with the assistance of her able staff, “make our role and service to the community more impactful.”

Trudy Deans said that as part of its agenda for Economic Development, the present administration is moving towards a specific thrust on trade and the Diaspora is an important part of this agenda. “I will assist in realizing the stated goals of the government through bi-lateral discussions as well as through other prospective partners.”

Reflecting on her earlier role at the consulate, Deans said she enjoyed a great relationship with the people of New York and the surrounding areas.

“I found that the people were prideful, friendly and industrious, never forgetting their roots,” she said. “I am mindful of the interfaces we shared. As such, I am eager to renew such friendships and to form new acquaintances, so that we can continue to work together for a prosperity agenda.”

Consul General Deans said she will be focusing one attracting new trade and investment and working with the diaspora, as well as the various organizations, to harness the wealth of knowledge and expertise that they possess so that it can benefit Jamaica.

She lauded Jamaicans in the Diaspora for their consistent support in health and education, contributions which she said the country is indebted.

As Consul General, Trudy Deans will have jurisdiction over 33 states.

Jamaica’s newly-appointed Consul General to New York, Trudy Deans
Jamaica’s newly-appointed Consul General to New York, Trudy Deans, assumes duties at her Manhattan office.

Consul General Deans hold a master’s degree in human resource management and training from the University of Leicester in the UK and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and public administration from the University of the West Indies.

Since assuming office, she has hit the ground running, attending numerous events involving the Jamaican diaspora, holding meetings with leaders of diaspora organizations, as well as representing Jamaica at official event.

“Around Town” With Consul General Trudy Deans
Audrey Marks and Trudy Deans
Jamaica’s newly-appointed Consul General to New York, Trudy Deans, and along with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, her Excellency Audrey Marks, shares a light moment at the North East Diaspora Trailblazer Award in Queens, NY.


Trudy Deans, Dr. Rudolph Willis
Jamaica’s newly-appointed Consul General to New York, Trudy Deans, receives a warm welcome from the President of Help Jamaica Medical Mission, Dr. Rudolph Willis, as she arrives at the organization’s 6th annual black tie affair. At center is Angella Palmer, chair of group’s finance committee.

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