In April 2013, Ms. Paulette Zonicle was appointed by The Bahamas Government as the first female Consul General posted to Washington, DC. As Consul General, Ms. Zonicle has the responsibility for the Bahamian diaspora within the twenty-five states in her jurisdiction. Ms. Zonicle and her office also has the responsibility for the consular activities of the Government of The Bahamas which includes, but are not limited to, the issuance of visas for visitors to The Bahamas, passports for Bahamian citizens, document authentication and investment matters.
Ms. Zonicle was educated in The Bahamas at the College of The Bahamas and later at Lambuth University in Jackson, TN where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science.
Upon her returned to The Bahamas, Ms. Zonicle began her career in radio and television broadcasting working her way up to television anchor and director of the news department. Ms. Zonicle has hosted many shows that took her across The Bahamas and around the world.
In her political life, Ms. Zonicle was appointed Senator by the now governing party of The Bahamas for five years and was also a member of the Caribbean Parliamentary Association in Bangladesh. Ms. Zonicle is the founding member of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in The Bahamas and was also an insurance executive for two of the major insurance companies on The Bahamas. She was also President of Ardyss in the Bahamas, the largest multi-level marketing company in the world.
In February 17, 2016 Consul General Zonicle was appointed Dean of the Consular Corps College in Washington, DC.
Ms. Zonicle has one daughter, Aaliah. She is an avid reader and her free time is spent cooking and creating recipes.