Ms. Willis serves as Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Seychelles. She is accredited to Nevada, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Her primary focus is the safekeeping of citizens of Seychelles and promoting tourism and trade between the Seychelles and the USA. She also functions as the Chair of the Friends of Seychelles, a 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting projects of Seychelles and assisting Seychellois in the USA. Ms. Willis served on the Executive Board and Board of Directors of the Diplomatic Corps of Arizona and has served as Treasurer of the Consular Corps of Nevada.
Ms. Willis is retired from the World Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington. She brought over thirty years of organizational management expertise to the World Trade Center, both within the private and public sectors. She served as the Director of Corporate, focusing on developing opportunities for WTC members to import or export products. She was the primary contact with the larger corporate members and continues to serve as an advisor with the WTC. She has participated on many economic and educational trade missions with a primary focus on the Pacific Rim. She has traveled extensively with state legislators and State Governors representing business and education in Washington State.
As a former Associate Partner/Principal in a large architectural firm in Seattle, she has extensive international experience traveling throughout the Pacific Rim representing the firm in airport design. She served seven years as the Executive Director of the Washington Council of the American Institute of Architects, has served as US Congressional Staff in Washington D.C., and in D.C. as a Congressional Liaison for the U.S. Fire Administration and US Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ms. Willis has been a member of the Seattle/Taejon Sister City Association as well as a former Trustee of the Washington State Historical Society.
Consul Willis was appointed by Governor Gregoire to serve on the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges where she was Chair. She is Past President of the Board of Trustees of Community and Technical Colleges of Washington. She is Past President of the Pierce County Arts Commission and Vice President of Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. She served on the Executive Board of the World Affairs Council as its Treasurer. Ms. Willis has received numerous community service awards including a Pierce County Leading Citizen Award.
Consul Willis received her Bachelors of Science from Sam Houston University, Texas, her Masters degree from the University of Washington, and her Administration Certification from the University of Puget Sound.