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Kathleen Davis                                              Diplomat - In- Residence

Kathy Davis 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.

Her 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.  

 

 

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