About the Consulate General
United States Consul General, Naha
Joel Ehrendreich is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Department of State. He is currently serving as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Naha, Japan.
His previous tour was as Economic Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. Prior overseas tours included Economic/Political Counselor in Singapore, Political Officer in New Delhi, Political Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney, and as Political and Consular Officer in Lome, Togo. He also worked as a Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room from 1999 to 2001.
Prior to entering the State Department, Joel worked in the U.S. Peace Corps, as well as several years in the private sector. He graduated in 1981 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Joel's hobbies include watching baseball, playing baseball, and talking about baseball. He also enjoys other sports, movies, and astronomy.
Joel is married to the former Rachel McClelland, who is also a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Tokyo. They have two sons.