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Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers and Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice on careers, internships and fellowships to students and professionals in the communities they serve. DIRs are available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in Foreign and Civil Service careers, internships and fellowships.

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Ambassador Lewis Lukens, Diplomat in Residence
(AK, Northern CA, MT, OR, WA)

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Region: Northwest
Location: University of California, Berkeley
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Tours: Guangzhou, Abidjan, Sydney, Dublin, Baghdad, Vancouver, Dakar, plus three tours in DC, at the State Department and White House/National Security Council
Career Track: Management
Years of Service: 25
Prior Career: English Language Teacher, Bartender, Crew Coach, House Painter
Languages: French and Chinese (Mandarin)
Education: AB and MPP, Princeton University
Interesting Experience: It was richly rewarding to return to Senegal as U.S. ambassador, 41 years after I lived there as a child with my father, who served in the embassy. As ambassador, I ran 71 miles along the northern coastal beaches of Senegal, meeting with school children and local officials to raise awareness of climate change, coastal erosion, and pollution. I also traveled more than half a million miles, to more than 75 countries, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As Senior Director for Administration, I managed a sudden increase in resources at the National Security Council immediately after the 9/11 attacks.
Last Post: U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau
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Melissa Martinez, Diplomat in Residence
(Southern CA, HI)

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Region: Southern California
Location: UCLA
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Tours: Mexico City, Mexico, Deputy Press Attaché; Miami, FL, Director, Media Hub of the Americas ; San Jose, Costa Rica, Press Attaché ; Washington, DC, Policy Officer, Bureau of International Information Programs; Mexico City, Mexico, Consular Officer; Montevideo, Uruguay Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 13
Prior Career: Research Assistant, United Nations Development Program, United Nations, New York, New York; Event Coordinator & Fundraiser, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese
Education: MA, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, New York, New York; BA, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Interesting Experience: As a communications professional who has spent the majority of my career doing press and public relations work as well as educational and cultural outreach, my job is to tell America’s story, informing our global audiences about why diplomacy matters and how diplomacy changes lives.  Figuring out the recipe of what traditional and innovative communication platforms are most effective in channeling our messaging efforts to inform, educate, and inspire action is the foundation of the work I have carried out throughout my career as a Public Diplomacy Officer.  I have learned that being an effective diplomat starts with simply being present.  I have had the chance to be present and tell America’s stories of goodwill through messaging efforts to ensure the Costa Rican public was well aware of all the incredible work being done to provide humanitarian assistance to the ‘ticos’ of Costa Rica who lived in remote areas of the countryside and were in desperate need of medical and dental care, school repairs, or lacked basic supplies. I have had the chance to be present as a Consular Officer in Mexico helping Americans in need resolving welfare and whereabouts cases and reuniting families.  I have had the chance to be present in amplifying U.S. foreign policy messaging to Latin American audiences as an official spokesperson for the Department of State in Miami, FL.  I have had the chance to be present standing in front of Uruguayan students hungry to learn, yearning for a greater future, and who were grateful that I was present.
Last Post: U.S. Embassy Mexico City working as the Deputy Press Attaché
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Jasper Daniels, Diplomat in Residence
(AZ, ID, NV, UT)

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Region: Southwest
Location: Arizona State University – Phoenix
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Tours: Algiers, Algeria; Panama City, Panama; Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire; Mexico City, Mexico; Bangkok, Thailand; Washington, DC; San Jose, Costa Rica; Athens, Greece; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Tempe, Arizona.
Career Track: Information Management
Years of Service: 30
Prior Career: General Services Administration, United States Army
Interesting Experience: I consider my entire career with the Department of State as interesting and exciting. As you will probably gather from the many tours that my family and I have experienced, traveling in general has been a large part of my family’s existence. Learning new cultures and participating in local events in a host country is always exciting, but even more so when you can boast of a perfect picture backdrop, from your balcony or front/back yard, of the Mediterranean Sea - Algiers; the Bridge of the Americas or the Panama Canal – Panama; the Atlantic Ocean – Freetown; or the Caribbean Sea to the north or the Pacific Ocean to the south – San Jose!
While assigned to an Embassy overseas, I’ve had several interesting experiences. One such experience was in Freetown, Sierra Leone. When the incumbent Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) transferred to a new assignment I was designated as the acting DCM for roughly six months. When the Ambassador is traveling outside of the host country, the DCM is designated Charge’ – temporarily assuming the Ambassador’s portfolio. On one occasion when I was designated Charge’ the Embassy received an invite from the Office of the President of Sierra Leone to attend a welcoming ceremony for newly arrived USAID workers. I also had to deliver remarks to the audience on behalf of the U.S. Embassy. At the last minute the President of Sierra Leone had to withdraw from the ceremony but I had the opportunity to meet and chat with the vice President of Sierra Leone and other Cabinet level Sierra Leonean officials.
An even more interesting experience I had was on personal travel while assigned to Bangkok, Thailand.  My wife and I took a weekend trip to one of the islands south of Bangkok.  When checking into the hotel, we were treated very courteously … not unusual for Thailand.  But later that evening sitting in the lounge area enjoying cocktails and the local entertainments, suddenly, everything goes quiet and everyone is looking at me and my wife.  The host then announces our names and asks if we come up and sing one of our “hit” songs for them!  We were stunned and speechless, but no, we did not oblige their request and we were still treated as VIP patrons of the establishment.
Last Post: Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Anne Callaghan, Diplomat in Residence
(CO, NM, Northwest TX, WY)

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Region: Rocky Mountains Southwest
Location: University of New Mexico
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Tours: Vancouver, Canada; Maysan Province, Iraq; Rome, Italy; Bogotá, Colombia; Tokyo, Japan; Perth, Australia; Tijuana and Mexico City, Mexico; Washington, D.C.
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 29
Prior Career: Western Regional Coordinator, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
Languages: Japanese, Spanish, Italian
Education: B.A. Colby College (East Asian Studies); M.L.S. University of Michigan (Library and Information Science); M.A. National War College (National Security Strategy)
Interesting Experience: Before my assignment to Vancouver, I led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in southeastern Iraq, working closely with the provincial government and the Iraqi NGO community to promote rule of law, economic development, good governance, and women’s rights. With a team of civilian and military specialists, American and Iraqi, including medical and legal professionals, civil engineers, former city managers, and State and USAID colleagues, we provided microgrants to foster small business development, specialized training for midwives in remote areas to bring down the infant mortality rate, agricultural expertise to revitalize the sugar cane industry, and workshops to ensure that women understood their legal rights. Helping a country rebuild was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.
Last Post: Consul General, U.S. Consulate General, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Floyd Cable, Diplomat in Residence
(Central TX)

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Region: Central Texas
Location: University of Texas at Austin
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Tours: Management (MGT) Counselor, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; MGT Counselor, Abuja, Nigeria; MGT Counselor, Islamabad, Pakistan; MGT Counselor, Santiago, Chile; Supervisory General Services Officer, La Paz, Bolivia; Post Management Officer, East Asia & Pacific Bureau, Washington, D.C.; Financial Management & Human Resources Officer, Havana, Cuba; Assistant General Services Officer, Rome, Italy; Administrative & Consular Officer, Medan, Indonesia; Consular Officer, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Career Track: Management
Years of Service: 27
Prior Career: English as a Second Language teacher (overseas); counselor in higher education; Semester At Sea staffer; homeless shelter counselor; golf course maintenance/landscaping worker; university summer paint crew chief; beer distributorship deliveryman; warehouse & factory worker; office temp.
Languages: Spanish, Italian
Education: M.S. in Strategic Studies - National War College, National Defense University; M.S. in TESOL - State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany; M.S. & C.A.S. - Counseling Psychology & Student Development – SUNY Albany; B.A. Psychology SUNY-Binghamton; A.A. Liberal Arts – Rockland Community College.
Interesting Experience: A great many Americans have the good fortune to visit Rome and see its many cultural and historical treasures, but few have the chance to protect and maintain some of the city’s irreplaceable works of art. During my assignment to Embassy Rome, I prepared and signed contracts for projects at the Embassy compound and at the Ambassador’s residence to restore and preserve more than one hundred marble statues that the U.S. acquired when it bought the two properties after WWII. We also completed other restoration projects in the main Embassy building, the Palazzo Margherita (named for and once occupied by the last Queen of Italy, and after whom Pizza Margherita is named). Those projects included the curatorial cleaning and preservation of 19th-century frescoes and rare, historic furniture. During that same time I also was glad to participate in a project that saved the two oldest sycamore trees in Rome, and created a quiet memorial garden between and around those trees. That garden was later named after a long-serving Foreign Service Officer who died shortly after leaving Rome. Years later during a Washington assignment, I found myself advising Embassy Beijing on the next steps to take when a construction project for an Embassy office building unearthed Ming Dynasty graves and cultural artifacts.
Last Post: Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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John C. Roberts, Diplomat in Residence
(LA, Southeast TX)

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Region: Southeast Texas-Louisiana
Location: University of Houston
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Tours: Nicaragua (Consular Officer), Russia (Economic Officer), Washington (Staff Officer, Secretary of State Powell and Secretary of State Rice), Iraq (Public Affairs Officer), Barbados (Public Affairs Officer), Air War College (Student), Washington (Director, Civilian Response Corps).
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 16
Prior Career: U.S. Army Special Forces, Business.
Languages: Spanish and Russian
Education: BA, University of Mississippi (Psychology); MA, University of South Carolina (International Business Studies); MA, U.S. Air Force, Air War College (Strategic Studies).
Interesting Experience: Sharing the best of American culture with foreign audiences has been the most rewarding personal and professional experience of my career with the U.S. Department of State. Whether it has been sponsoring reading programs for elementary school children or selecting Fulbright Scholars and International Visitor Leadership Program candidates, the Foreign Service has offered tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact in the world and in the lives of real people.
Last Post: Washington, D.C.
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Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence
(AR, KS, MO, ND, NE, SD, OK)

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Region: Central
Location: University of Oklahoma
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Tours: Mexico City (Consular officer), Moscow (Political/Military officer), San Jose (Political/Narcotics Affairs Officer), Stockholm (Political Section Chief)
Career Track: Political
Years of Service: 25
Prior Career: U.S. Army officer from 1989-2002, including assignments in Germany; Fort Sill, OK; Fort Hood, TX; and Presidio of Monterey, CA. Served in the First Gulf War (1991).
Languages: Spanish, Swedish, Russian, French
Education: BA in Political Science from California State University, Chico. MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Interesting Experience: In Mexico City I was conducting a non-immigrant visa interview and I noted the candidate used Spanish words only used in my home state of California and not in Mexico. When I asked him if he had been to the U.S. and spoke English, he said no to both but I did not believe him and decided that he was not qualified for the visa. Before he left the window, he used several expletives in perfect (California) English to tell me just how disappointed he was! In Moscow, I helped prepare a brief visit by President Bush to President Putin at the Moscow airport…let’s just say that I was impressed with Putin’s ability to transform himself from former KGB agent to being “presidential” just before President Bush arrived. In Costa Rica, part of my job as the Narcotics Affairs Officer was ensuring that the Costa Ricans were properly using equipment that my office had donated to them to use. During one particular occasion, we visited an armory with U.S.-made M-16 rifles. They assured me that they took good care of the weapons and that they were clean and in good condition. You can imagine their surprise when, using my previous military knowledge, I showed them how to field strip and clean the rifle and pointed out just how dirty the weapons actually were. Their jaws dropped to the floor and they promised to take better care of the equipment! I also assisted the U.S. military in humanitarian support to indigenous communities in Costa Rica. When we visited one particular village deep in the jungle that was a bit hesitant to welcome us, I noticed that they had some nice horses and asked if I could ride one of them. After some discussion, including laughter, that I might fall off and hit my head, I showed them my equestrian skills (learned from a previous chapter of my life) and rode one of the horses perfectly. This helped break the ice and they immediately became more comfortable with us and deeply appreciated our assistance. Finally, in Sweden, I found out that the house that I was assigned to live in used to be owned by and lived in by one of the members of the band ABBA! How is that for a coincidence!?
Last Post: Political Section Chief at U.S. Embassy Stockholm, Sweden.
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Robert Neus, Diplomat in Residence
(IA, IL, IN, MN, WI)

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Region: Midwest
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago
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Tours: Zagreb, Croatia; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Bogota, Colombia; Havana, Cuba; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Career Track: Consular
Years of Service: 17
Prior Career: Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer, marketing representative in Italy, MTV intern, small business owner.
Languages: Croatian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and very basic Guarani
Education: BA, MBA, University of Notre Dame.  Study abroad programs in Rome and London.
Interesting Experiences: From commuting to work in an armored van in Bogota to serving as duty officer responsible for all American citizen emergencies during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to assisting refugees in Havana, every day is interesting.  It is not uncommon to spend a morning visiting an incarcerated American, followed by delivering a demarche at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the same afternoon. As consular officers speak with host country nationals from members of parliament to members of the FARC, we really get to experience a cross-section of society. Some of my favorite memories involved sharing American culture - through a Public Affairs Section-sponsored outreach event for European college students interested in American educational opportunities - or watching the surprised and delighted faces of international visitors attending our embassy’s Halloween event, complete with a U.S. Marine Corps haunted house.
I recently attended a small dinner with consuls from six foreign embassies and an Assistant Secretary of State to discuss different country’s approaches to crisis response.  It was a fantastic opportunity to share stories and resources and very relevant as we all have the same concerns and goal in protecting our citizens.  I’m especially proud to have played a small role in Operation Safe Return.  The Department of State, the Department of Defense, and dozens of other U.S. government agencies worked seamlessly in the mass evacuation of Haitians and Americans after the largest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti devastated its capital and most of the infrastructure.  For approximately six weeks, shifts worked around the clock to help victims of the disaster get to safety in Santo Domingo and then onward to the United States.  I worked with my colleagues out of a hot, dusty hangar at a Dominican Air Force base, where the evacuees arrived by helicopter and bus throughout the night.  Many had just been pulled from the rubble and hadn’t eaten in days.  We had medical care ready, phones, food, diapers and more.  It was exhilarating, fulfilling and heart-breaking at the same time.
Last Post: Consular Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Zagreb, where I oversaw assistance to U.S. citizens in Croatia and immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services. I was also a member of the Emergency Action Committee and the Croatia Consular Corps; I served as one of the U.S. Ambassador’s representatives to the board of the American International School, and I was the chairperson of the International Cooperative Administrative Support Services Committee, which makes resource decisions for the Embassy.
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Michelle Jones, Diplomat in Residence
(KY, MI, OH)

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Region: North Central
Location: University of Michigan
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Tours: Warsaw, Poland, Consular and Economics Officer; Dhaka, Bangladesh, Cultural Affairs Officer; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Public Affairs Officer; Winnipeg, Canada, Consul and Principal Officer; Kabul, Afghanistan, Cultural Affairs Officer.
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 13
Prior Career: English and American literature professor, Fulbright scholar, lecturer, research assistant, proofreader and fact checker, typist, ESL tutor, salesperson, salad maker, recreation league baseball umpire.
Languages: Polish, Spanish, Dari (Persian Farsi).
Education: Associate of Arts, St. Clair County Community College, B.Sc. in English and American literature, Eastern Michigan University (1983); M.A. in English, Acadia University, Canada (1985); Ph.D in English (20th Century British and American literature), University of Alberta, Canada (1992).
Interesting Experience: The most compelling experiences involve getting a glimpse into lives very different from my own: interviewing Afghan girls, many of whom had studied in underground schools during the Taliban era, for U.S. scholarships; talking with Canadian farmers about cross-border flooding; working with a Dhaka school for street children; or processing visas for families adopting babies overseas – the happiest and noisiest job in the Embassy. A Trinidadian Soca star helped us launch the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and a young Bangladeshi cricket star publicized our newly opened library. It’s all about the stories.

Working overseas has allowed me experiences like singing the National Anthem into a microphone hooked up to a car battery; bowling a "turkey" at a women-owned bowling alley in Afghanistan, being interviewed by local radio in the Arctic Circle and attending Harley-Davidson Poland’s company picnic.
Last Post: Kabul, Afghanistan, where I oversaw cultural and exchange programs, including the Fulbright and International Visitors programs, and 18 Lincoln Learning Centers throughout the country; I oversaw seven American staff and 20 local employees.
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Isiah Parnell, Diplomat in Residence
(Northern AL, Northern GA, Northern MS, TN)

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Region: South
Location: Morehouse-Spelman
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Tours: Hermosillo, Mexico; Asunción, Paraguay; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Monterrey, Mexico; Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Accra, Ghana; Mexico City, Mexico; Kingston, Jamaica; Nairobi, Kenya.
Career Track: Management
Years of Service: 31
Prior Career: U.S. Army Officer
Languages: Spanish
Education: BA and MA, The College of William and Mary; MA, Virginia Commonwealth University; ND, Ph.D Program The University of Colorado at Denver.
Interesting Experience: A group of 20 or so embassy employees teamed up with the Accra Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and ventured far outside the capital to help local families build affordable housing. Upon arrival in a distant village, we followed local custom and went to pay our respects to the local Chief. The Chief, who appeared to be in his late 30s or early 40s, entered the room with an entourage of about 15 people, including a distinguished looking gentleman who served as his translator. As the senior member of the Embassy group, I exchanged pleasantries with the Chief and the larger group through the translator, who struggled mightily with English. As the conversation was drawing to a close after 20 minutes of a painstakingly difficult interaction and we were making our way out of the room, the Chief stood and said in perfect English: “Hey, brother, how about those New Jersey Nets!” “Yes”, he continued, “I followed them closely when I lived in New Jersey for years, before I was summoned back home to serve as Chief.” There are two morals to this vignette:
- There are always opportunities to volunteer while serving overseas and these interactions with locals are just as important in promoting American values as the more formal diplomatic exchanges.
- No matter where you find yourself, never assume that you’re not understood by everyone in the room.
Last Post: Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya
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Michael Thurston, Diplomat in Residence
(Southern AL, Northern FL, Southern GA, Southern MS)

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Region: Southeast
Location: FAMU - Tallahassee
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Tours: Mexico City; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Washington DC; Auckland, New Zealand; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Durban, South Africa; Kigali, Rwanda; Diyala Province, Iraq; Melbourne, Australia; Rangoon, Burma; Afghanistan
Career Track: Consular
Years of Service: 26 years
Prior Career: Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Languages: Spanish, German
Education: BA and JD, University of Washington
Interesting Experience: Few experiences can rival as more rewarding than my time in South Africa working closely with the roll out of the President’s Emergency Program for AIDs Relief (PEPFAR). I was the Consul General in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province and at that time KwaZulu-Natal was the most HIV/AIDs afflicted area in Africa. Working closely with our Embassy and USAID in Pretoria, I travelled throughout my consular district identifying potential partners we could work with on treatment and prevention programs. When I started it was common for me to visit clinics and orphanages where patients were dying difficult deaths in large numbers, however, within two years I was able to revisit many of these same facilities and see a dramatic turnaround in the incidence of death because of PEPFAR. Nothing has been more gratifying than being part of a U.S. program that continues to have such a dramatic and positive impact on the lives of so many.
As the Chargè d’Affaires of our embassy in Burma I had the pleasure of serving with one of the best embassy teams that I’ve ever been associated with. This was during a period of dramatic change in Burma. We set about with a plan to intensify engagement with the Burmese government for the purposes of convincing its leadership of the benefits of moving forward with a democratic agenda, and a greater respect for human rights. It was during this time that the first of several significant releases of political prisoners took place, and that a free and fair election occurred resulting in the election to parliament of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. We also welcomed then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her visit to Burma, the first by a Secretary of State since John Foster Dulles in 1955.
Last Post: Afghanistan as the Political Advisor and Senior Civilian to the Special Operations Joint Task Force/ NATO Special Operations Command.
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Catherine Rodriguez, Diplomat in Residence
(Southern FL)

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Region: South Florida
Location: FIU & Miami Dade College
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Tours: Peshawar, Pakistan; Miami, Fl; New York City, NY; Karachi, Pakistan; Washington, DC; New Delhi, India
Career Track: Management
Years of Service: 12
Prior Career: Eligible Family Member, US Department of State; Foreign Service Officer, USAID; Employee at a Family Owned Business
Languages: Spanish
Education: Bachelor in Business Administration, Florida International University; Master’s in Business Administration, Florida International University ; Masters in Accounting, Florida International University ; Master’s in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University
Interesting Experience: While assigned as the Regional Director of the Office of Foreign Missions in Miami, I swore in 200 new American citizens. My parents sat in those very seats some 40 years ago. I recounted my story of growing up in an immigrant family. I instilled the lessons provided by my family’s experience and provided guidance on becoming productive U.S. citizens.
During my assignment as Management Officer in Consulate Karachi, I worked with a local NGO on a turtle conservation project. The highlight was going to release baby turtles on a dark night on an obscure Karachi beach. There I witnessed both Americans and Pakistanis working together to shepherd these endangered creatures to the water’s edge with a singular focus of increasing their chances for survival.
During my assignment in Peshawar, I lead a young woman’s book club where we discussed a number of American works. One of the students commented that after reading one of the books, she realized that we have more in common with each other than we have differences. Engaging in personal diplomacy through different channels is a great way to further our diplomatic goals.
I have served in many capacities during my career in the Foreign Service. I worked as a spouse / eligible family member, a specialist, a generalist and as an officer in another foreign affairs agency. These domestic and international assignments have shown me that every person within the foreign affairs community plays an important role in furthering the diplomatic goals of the United States.
Last Post: As the Management Officer in Peshawar, Pakistan, I supervised four Americans and 90 members of the local national staff. I oversaw the day to day management of all the administrative functions of the Consulate working under the most austere conditions within the Foreign Service. We completed numerous critical infrastructure projects creating a safer, more efficient and more livable environment for our staff.
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Rich Jaworski, Diplomat in Residence
(NC, SC, VA)

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Region: Southern Mid-Atlantic
Location: Duke University
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Tours: Moscow, London, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Ankara, Baghdad and several tours in Washington, DC
Career Track: Management
Years of Service: 31
Prior Career: Served in Department of Defense and worked as a crisis intervention and foster care counselor for runaway teenagers in the Detroit area
Languages: Polish, Russian and Spanish
Education: BA in philosophy from the University of Michigan; MS in Security Studies from the National Defense University
Interesting Experience: While the Foreign Service has provided a host of fascinating experiences, my past year as the Management Counselor for our huge operation in Baghdad has provided unparalleled challenges and rewards. The U.S. Mission in Iraq is the largest embassy operation in the world, and we managed a budget exceeding $300 million and a staff of more than 3,000.
Last Post: Minister Counselor for Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq
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Usha Pitts, Diplomat in Residence
(CT, NJ, NY, PA)

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Region: New York Metro
Location: City College of New York
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Tours: Vienna, Rome, Washington, Havana, Moscow, Panama City
Career Track: Political
Years of Service: 17
Prior Career: The Foreign Service was my first career, but I’ve had lots of previous jobs – bartender, bus driver, runway model, valet parker, and community volunteer.  In fact, any job that teaches you how to interact with people (like bartending) can help you become a good diplomat.   
Languages: German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese
Education: B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, M.A. from George Washington University
Interesting Experience: I used to put on my flip-flops and roam around Havana, trying to figure out how the Cuban economy worked and how Cubans survived within it.  Because of my brown skin, most Cubans never thought I was an American diplomat and weren’t afraid to talk to me.  I learned a lot about real life in Cuba just by talking to people.  It was like working under cover… without being under cover! 
Last Post: Consul General in Recife, Brazil.  I oversaw a small post of 20 American diplomats and around 80 Brazilians.  We focused on improving educational and commercial ties with the U.S., and sent tens of thousands of Brazilian tourists to visit Miami and New York City.  I loved Brazilian carnival (of course) but the high point of my three years in Brazil was receiving Vice President Biden for the 2014 Soccer World Cup.
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Jon Danilowicz, Diplomat in Residence
(MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

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Region: New England
Location: Tufts University
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Tours: Peshawar, Pakistan; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Islamabad, Pakistan; Panama City, Panama; Maputo, Mozambique; Harare, Zimbabwe; Washington, DC
Career Track: Political Affairs
Years of Service: 25
Prior Career: N/A
Languages: Bengali, Portuguese, Spanish
Education: MA U.S. Naval War College; BSFS Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Interesting Experience: During two different postings decades apart in Dhaka, Bangladesh, I was present when devastating cyclones battered the country’s coastal region. In 1991, as a first tour officer I was assigned as the Embassy’s liaison officer to the U.S. Joint Task Force that arrived to help coordinate relief operations in Chittagong, Bangladesh during Operation Sea Angel.  Sixteen years later, I was serving again in Dhaka as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission when another category five cyclone arrived, prompting an interagency U.S. response during Operations Sea Angel 2. Thanks to the advances in disaster preparedness and response made in Bangladesh during the intervening years, with assistance from the United States, the loss of life in the 2007 storm was only a fraction of that suffered in 1991.  
Last Post: Consul General, Peshawar, Pakistan
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Elise Kleinwaks, Diplomat in Residence
(DC, DE, MD, Northern VA, W VA)

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Region: DC Metro
Location: Howard University
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Tours: Tel Aviv, Managua, Hanoi, Sarajevo, Washington including: desk officer in EAP, EUR, and WHA; PRM - Deputy Director Office of Refugee Admissions;  FSI - Director of Orientation; HR -Deputy Director of Entry Level Generalists and Board of Examiners
Career Track: Political
Years of Service: 28
Prior Career: International Trade Officer - Commerce Department; Budget and Finance Assistant – Harper and Row Publishers
Languages: Vietnamese, Spanish, Bosnian, some Hebrew
Education: MPA Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; B.A. State University of New York at Albany; The Bronx High School of Science
Interesting Experience: When I started my 28 year career I could not dreamed of the places I’d go and the experiences I’d have.  Being sent to Hanoi to be part of the team that helped re-establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam was humbling.  Whether involved in negotiations with the Foreign Ministry, travelling to nearly every province in Vietnam to interact with the people, or facilitating reconciliation trips for returning American veterans of the Vietnam War, I took pride in representing the United State and moving forward our bilateral relations.  Watching a U.S. funded demining programs at work in Nicaragua or monitoring our refugee processing programs in Africa are but two examples of the humanitarian work we make possible throughout the world in which I participated.  What never ceases to amaze me is the lives that we touch and the impact that we have.
Last Post: Assessor, Board of Examiners
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