Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers who are located throughout the United States and responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. 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 Steve Browning, 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: Dominican Republic (Consular officer), Kenya (Management officer), Egypt (Management officer), Sri Lanka (Management officer), Tanzania (Deputy Chief of Mission), Malawi (Ambassador), Iraq (Management officer), Uganda (Ambassador) and the U.S. (multiple positions)
Career Track: Management
Years of Service: 31
Prior Career: Teacher, bartender, preacher, oil field laborer.
Languages: Spanish, Kiswahili
Education: BA, Baylor University (Theology); MEd, University of Houston (Philosophy of Education).
Interesting Experience: Interesting experiences for me always revolve around the people. What could be more interesting than discussing conservation with Jane Goodall while walking on the Indian Ocean beach? Or meeting Nelson Mandela and hearing him describe his vision for the future of South Africa? Or sitting with child soldiers in northern Uganda who had escaped the clutches of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army as they described their experiences? Or hearing the stories (and expressions of gratitude) of thousands of men and women alive today because of the work of the American government in HIV/AIDS care and prevention? For me, in this career nothing's more interesting than the people, both American and foreigners, you get to meet.
Last Post: Washington, DC, as the Deputy Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources.
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William Martin, Diplomat in Residence
(Southern CA, HI)

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Region: Southern California
Location: UCLA
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Tours: Japan, China (twice), Indonesia (twice), Philippines, Colombia, Pakistan
Career Track: Consular
Years of Service: 21
Prior Career: Business
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia and Spanish
Education: BA, UC Berkeley; Masters Intl. Management, American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird)
Interesting Experience: During my most recent tour, Pakistan experienced catastrophic floods which displaced more than 20 million persons and inundated thousands of square miles of urban and agricultural land. I helped to craft U.S. Government relief efforts, both military and civilian, which alleviated suffering and prevented many unnecessary deaths. I saw firsthand the generosity of the United States and its willingness to use its vast resources to protect the poor and powerless when they are most vulnerable.
Last Post: U.S. Consulate General, Karachi, Pakistan
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Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr., Diplomat in Residence
(AZ, ID, NV, UT)

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Region: Southwest
Location: Arizona State University – Phoenix
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Tours: Bangladesh, India, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines
Career Track: Political
Years of Service: 29 years
Languages: Spanish, Hindi, Bengali
Education: A.B. Political Science, College of the Holy Cross
Interesting Experience: Learning from others be they rulers or shoe shiners, managers or street salespersons. All have something to teach about life and survival especially in their own countries. Wisdom comes in many forms. It may be from the fourth wife of an elderly chieftain in Kaduna, Nigeria, my second post or from an innovative Urban Planner in my last post of the Philippines.
Last Post: Ambassador, Manila, Philippines
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Jim Ellickson-Brown, Diplomat in Residence (from Washington, DC)
(CO, NM, Northwest TX, WY)

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Region: Rocky Mountains Southwest
Location: University of New Mexico
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Tours: Cyprus, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 27
Prior Career: Public School Teacher
Languages: French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian and Turkish
Education: University of Oregon (B.S. in Sociology); University of Oregon (M.A. in Education)
Interesting Experience: Assisting foreign journalists in covering the U.S. presidential election process, from Iowa and New Hampshire through the conventions and debates up to election night.
Last Post: Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, where I oversaw a wide-ranging program linking members of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities based on shared interests including combating trafficking in persons, environment protection, history, and jazz.
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Julie Connor, Diplomat in Residence
(Central TX)

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Region: Central Texas
Location: University of Texas at Austin
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Tours: Tel Aviv, Israel (twice); Asuncion, Paraguay; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Jakarta, Indonesia; Bogota, Colombia (twice); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Santiago, Chile.
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 31
Prior Career: University lecturer, University of Houston
Languages: Spanish
Education: B.A. cum laude, Rice University, English and history double major; M.A., University of Houston, creative writing; M.S., National War College, National Security Studies.
Interesting Experience: In Chile, I served as the Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy in Santiago and was in charge of organizing commemorative events for the one-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. The embassy sponsored a national essay contest for high school students and a national art contest for younger students, both of which asked students for their vision of 9/11 and its aftermath. Hundreds of students from throughout Chile submitted essays and drawings. Chilean President Ricardo Lagos came to the Embassy for the ceremony and participated in giving out the awards to the winning students. This was the first (and only) time President Lagos visited the Embassy during his presidency.
Last Post: Bogota, where I served as Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS). Last domestic post: U.S. Diplomacy Center.
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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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Jean Preston, 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: Lima (Consular officer), Caracas (Consular/Economic officer), Rome (Environment, Science, and Technology/Economic officer – two tours), Mexico City (Environment, Science, and Technology officer), Guatemala City (Political-Economic officer), and Washington, DC (multiple positions).
Career Track: Economic
Years of Service: 27
Prior Career: Economist at the Department of Labor, research assistant at the Overseas Development Council, volunteer on archaeological digs in Scotland, Peru, and Ecuador.
Languages: Spanish and Italian; also studied Portuguese, Russian, and Quechua.
Education: BA in International Studies and MA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies; MPhil in Quechua Studies from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland); MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Interesting Experience: While I was in Mexico, I accompanied U.S. turtle excluder device (TED) experts to Mexican shrimping ports, in order to observe how Mexican shrimpers were using the devices, and how Mexican authorities were enforcing the law requiring them. TEDs allow endangered sea turtles which are accidentally caught in shrimping nets to escape. The Mexican officials were also briefing fishermen on changes in how the TEDs should be installed, in order to better protect big turtles like leatherbacks. At one port, the Mexican officials left during the introductory video in order to meet urgently with some disgruntled fishermen; when the lights came up, I found myself literally holding the "bag" (the sample TED), and had to explain the new installation requirements in Spanish to a room full of fishermen.
Last Post: Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy to Guatemala.
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Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, 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: Vienna (OSCE), Washington, Brussels (NATO), Rome, Ankara, Belgrade, Moscow.
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 28 years
Prior Career: Taught Russian.
Languages: Russian, Serbian, Italian, Turkish.
Education: PhD, Columbia University.
Interesting Experiences: In my most recent posting as the U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, I and my European colleagues looked for ways to convince the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to solve their long-lasting conflict over the region of Nagorno Karabakh. I have always believed that U.S. diplomats should engage both governments, and civil society, directly. The necessity of this was dramatically shown to me when I spoke via Skype with a group of Armenian and Azerbaijani students about our efforts to mediate the dispute over Nagorno Karabakh -- I was struck by how much the two groups of students could agree on issues that divided their governments. This helped inform my discussions with their governments – and encouraged me that the next generation will bring a different perspective to the conflict.
Last Post: Ambassador, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
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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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Hugh Williams, Diplomat in Residence
(Northern AL, Northern GA, Northern MS, TN)

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Region: South
Location: Morehouse-Spelman
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Tours: Jamaica, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Career Track: Consular
Years of Service: 35
Prior Career: Teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer
Languages: French, Malay
Education: M.A. Strategic Studies, Air War College; M.S. Math Education, Texas Southern University; B.S. Math, Delaware State University
Interesting Experience: As a first-tour Vice Consul in Kingston I got to know Bob Marley and the Wailers, and meet a number of now legendary Reggae superstars.
Last Post: Hong Kong
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Faisal M. Khan, Interim Diplomat in Residence
(Southern AL, Northern FL, Southern GA, Southern MS)

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Region: Southeast
Location: FAMU - Tallahassee
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Career Track: Civil Service
Years of Service: 6 years.
Prior Career: U.S. Army
Languages: Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi
Education: Government and International Politics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Interesting Experience: Working as a Civil Service employee for over six years out of Washington, DC, while traveling across the country speaking to students and professionals about careers at the State Department.
Last Post: Washington, D.C.
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Edward Loo, Diplomat in Residence
(Southern FL)

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Region: South Florida
Location: FIU & Miami Dade College
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Tours: Hungary, Colombia, Spain, Nicaragua, China, Taipei, the Philippines (some including multiple postings)
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 25
Prior Career: Publishing, College admissions
Languages: Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Hungarian; have also studied Filipino and French
Education: Bachelor's in History and English, Dartmouth College; Master’s in American History, Columbia University
Interesting Experience: Many, but one that still stands out even now is working on then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s visit to Mongolia in 1995. It was an incredible sight to see the cloud of dust being kicked up by her huge motorcade, including armored SUVs, as it made its way across unpaved roads from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the nomadic camp in the vast grasslands where she would visit a slightly overwhelmed clan of herders. It was almost as incredible to see Hillary Clinton then greet the family warmly and participate in the Mongolian ritual of hospitality by sipping on the fermented mare’s milk offered to her.
Last Post: Budapest, Hungary, where we worked to keep Hungary committed to the Allied effort in Afghanistan, broaden civil society and citizen participation, and increase tolerance and respect for diversity. As part of this effort, we met with young people from all over Europe at the U.S. Embassy tent at the Sziget Festival, the largest summer music festival in all of Central Europe.
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Julie Ruterbories, Diplomat in Residence
(NC, SC, VA)

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Region: Southern Mid-Atlantic
Location: Duke University
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Tours: Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, England, Macedonia, Kosovo, and the Netherlands. TDY assignments in Mexico and Ukraine.
Career Track: Consular
Years of Service: 20
Prior Career: Academic
Languages: German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Macedonian, some Hungarian, Azeri and Albanian
Education: Georgetown University School of Foreign Service(undergraduate); Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (graduate).
Interesting Experience: Advanced U.S.-Dutch relations across a broad spectrum of commercial, cultural and academic areas (2009-2012). Accompanied Consular Assistant Secretary on travel to more than 30 countries to promote the protection of American citizens and the facilitation of international travel and tourism (2006-2009). Served as the liaison between the Bureau of Consular Affairs and the U.S. Congress (2005). Assisted in the evacuation of American citizens from Baku during coups in 1994. First Vice Consul and GSO at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan (1992 – 94). Traveled extensively in the Soviet Union (1987 – 89) while working as a direct hire at the U.S. Embassy Moscow.
Last Post: Consulate General Amsterdam.
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Patricia Guy, 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: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Minsk, Belarus; Berlin, Germany; Kyiv, Ukraine; Munich, Germany.
Career Track: Public Diplomacy
Years of Service: 18 (joined in March 1994)
Prior Career: I was a journalist. I started my career at the Anniston (Ala.) Star, then covered the court system and the judiciary for the Honolulu (Hi.) Star-Bulletin. I then worked at USA TODAY as a reporter covering the media business in the Money Section.
Languages: German, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian
Education: I have an AB from Cornell University where I majored in international relations. I also have a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a Master of Studies of Law from Yale Law School
Interesting Experience: I gave my first official toast as a diplomat while sitting cross-legged in a yurt in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Last Post: I was the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania where I lead a section that included a Cultural Affairs Officer, an Information Officer and 17 locally employed staffers.
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Evyenia SidereasDiplomat in Residence
(MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

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Region: New England
Location: Tufts University
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Tours: Bangkok - Consular; Pristina - Political; Cairo -Economic; Baghdad-Political; Washington – Multiple assignments.
Career Track: Political
Years of Service: 14
Prior Career: Human rights researcher at an NGO.
Languages: Greek, Arabic
Education: DePaul University undergrad, London School of Economics masters degree.
Interesting Experience: Too many to count! One of my favorites was working with the U.S. military to organize a multinational election observation team in Basrah, Iraq, to allow diplomats from other countries a secure way to observe national elections in March 2010. My European colleagues and I had a great time chatting with Basrawi local officials and community leaders about their hopes for the future in the lead up to the election, and visiting polling stations on election day.
Last Post: Acting Director of the Maghreb Affairs Office at the State Department.
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Ambassador Teddy Taylor, 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: Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Budapest, Havana and Papua New Guinea
Career Track: Consular
Years of Service: 34
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Languages: Spanish, Turkish, and Hungarian
Education: BS Florida A&M University
Interesting Experience: Many of the "Founding Fathers" of the young democracies in the Southwest Pacific are still living and remain active in the political life of the country. Having the opportunity to engage these men regarding their vision at the time of independence; and their use of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as key documents in drafting their respective constitutions was a fascinating historical glimpse into these young democracies and their desire to guarantee individual liberties.
Last Post: US Ambassador, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
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