- In- Residence
is a member of the Department of Stateís Senior Foreign Service with the rank of
Minister-Counselor. She is the product of a Foreign Service family and was
raised in Accra, Ghana; Paris, France and graduated from high school in Caracas,
Venezuela. Kathy speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish. Among her many
positions include serving as Deputy Coordinator for Geographic Programs in the
Bureau of International Information Programs. In this capacity, she supervised
the creation and development of new and existing public diplomacy programs and
strategies to promote greater understanding of US policies and society to
foreign audiences. She also served as Director of the Office of Orientation
Training at the Foreign Service Institute where she focused on ensuring quality
and targeted training for new and mid-level State Department Foreign and Civil
Service employees as well as training for other USG employees. Other domestic
assignments have included serving in the Departmentís Bureau of African Affairs
as the desk officer for Liberia and Sierra Leone and Coordinator of the
U.S.-Soviet cultural exchange program where she worked closely with the Dance
Theatre of Harlem, jazz great Dave Brubeck and multifaceted guitarist Pat
Metheny on their performance tours of the former Soviet Union.
overseas assignments have included tours as a Consular Officer at the US
Consulate General in Tijuana, Mexico; Political Officer and Director of the U.S.
Cultural Center at the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain; Director of the Casa Thomas
Jefferson Binational Center in Brasilia, Brazil and Press Attache/Spokesperson
at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Kathy has devoted a significant portion of her career to
the development and mentoring of interns, entry and mid-level employees. She
recognizes the importance of developing talent and is the recipient of the
Department of Stateís Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards in recognition of
her leadership. She looks forward to her assignment as Diplomat-in-Residence at
Howard University and working to attract new talent to the Department of State
and the broader field of international affairs.