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Graduate Fellowship Program - Fellow Profiles

Abdel Perera
2012 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
2012 Rangel Fellow Abdel Perera hails from the vibrant and diverse city of Miami, Florida. Migrating from Cuba as a child, Abdel learned at an earlier age about the challenges of adjusting to a new culture. He grew up grateful to be an American and with a desire to serve the nation. His interest in the Foreign Service was ignited by the stories of a State Department Diplomat in Residence teaching at his college, Florida International University. He notes that, "Beyond the interesting class lectures, guest speakers from the diplomatic corps, and in-field anecdotes from our professor, what attracted me most about a career in the Foreign Service was an opportunity to serve overseas, to work for U.S. interests, and to work in a dynamic world where there is never a boring day!"

Abdel prepared for his career through his studies of U.S. foreign policy, Latin American issues, and human rights at Florida International University. He traveled to Thailand to work at an orphanage and in disadvantaged communities; worked with an NGO in Honduras to build a classroom in an underprivileged community; and did internships in U.S. Embassy Montevideo, U.S. Embassy Lima and the State Department Office of Conflict Prevention. The outstanding experiences he had in his State Department internships confirmed his commitment to a Foreign Service career.

Abdel joined the Rangel Program in 2012 as a pathway to the Foreign Service. Through the program, he earned a Master's Degree from American University School of International Service in 2014; served as an intern with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, then member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and did an internship in the Political/Economic Section in Mumbai, India. Asked about his most memorable moment, he cited his work supporting the visit of Vice President Biden to India for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue. Abdel assisted in organizing a business round table, participated in the logistics for the visit, and even met the Vice President. "Shaking the hand of the Vice President was surreal, and as an intern I confess I was star-struck. Being part of the team that welcomed the V.P. to Mumbai was a memorable experience."

Now a Foreign Service Officer serving in Buenos Aires, Abdel remains close to the 2012 Rangel Fellows and the entire program. He notes, "The Rangel Program is family, and that is what I value most about my experience with the fellowship. I have made lifelong friends, mentors and colleagues, whom I can call upon for advice and grow together as professionals. I value that I can serve as a beacon of hope for other immigrants who need that extra push to join a dynamic career. The Rangel Program changed my life."

Abdel currently lives in Buenos Aires with his wife Liliana. He is a Consular Officer in the Foreign Service and is passionate about helping U.S. citizens overseas, facilitating international travel and business, and protecting U.S. borders. He is excited by the Foreign Service's emphasis on career-long learning and the opportunity to meet new people, study new languages, and immerse himself in diverse cultures. While he is open to worldwide service, he hopes to serve extensively in Latin America where he wants to foster strong relations between the United States and nations in the hemisphere and work to build "stronger civil societies, businesses, and institutions."

Hala Rharrit
2004 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
Even before becoming a Rangel Fellow, Hala Rharrit had a burning desire to share her personal experiences with the world. Her family moved to the United States from Morocco when she was seven. Growing up, she was the only Arab-American in school. According to Hala, this duality afforded her "the special opportunity to dispel prejudices and to bridge gaps between my two cultures."

In high school, her passion for international politics, economics, history and social sciences grew into a career goal and lifelong mission to promote cultural understanding, tolerance and cooperation across borders. After graduating from George Washington University, she earned the Rangel Fellowship and received a master's degree in Arab Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.2004 Rangel Fellow - Training to serve as Vice Consul in Hong Kong Her first post was in Sanaa, Yemen where she served as a Political Officer working on human rights, political party relations, counter-terrorism and child trafficking. She found her work in promoting critical issues such as human rights and women's empowerment to be highly rewarding. She served as program manager for grants that made a real impact on the ground, including one that successfully incorporated human rights into the police academy curriculum.

Today, already fluent in Arabic and French, Hala is serving as a Vice Consul in Hong  Kong, for which she trained in Mandarin Chinese . Her goals for her Foreign Service career include promoting education, women's rights and empowerment, economic development, and poverty alleviation and bridging diplomatic gaps between the United States and other countries.

Hala's experiences and education began with her passion to spread understanding throughout the world, and were advanced by Charles B. Rangel Program. “The program opened a great door into the intriguing world of the US Foreign Service.” she said. “This opportunity not only provided a scholarship for a master's degree, but more importantly allowed me to effectively carry out the greater goal of promoting cultural understanding, tolerance and cooperation across borders.”

In addition to valuing her congressional internship and the subsequent internship at the U.S. embassy in Dakar, Senegal, Hala appreciated the bond formed with her fellow Fellows. “The experience of living with fellow Rangels established a great bond that has been carried into the Foreign Service,” she said. “It is a rewarding program which, while assisting you financially with graduate studies, prepares you for an intriguing, honorable and rewarding career that will change the course of your life forever,” she said.

Breanna Green
2004 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
As an undergraduate student at Spelman College, Breanna Green developed a deep interest in the Foreign Service. Stimulated by the example and encouragement of mentors such as Spelman alumna Ambassador Ruth Davis, the first African American woman to be promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador, Breanna felt a call to service. Learning about the Rangel Program showed Breanna a way to realize her career goal of becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO). Breanna currently serves in The Operation Center, the nerve center of the U.S Department os State. She recently completed an assignment in Madrid, Spain.

According to Breanna, being an FSO gives her "the ability to serve my country, the potential to help change lives, and the ability to travel and live in different countries, cultures and societies." She was able to make a positive impact during her first assignment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where she served as the Political and Military Officer.2004 Rangel Fellow -Training to serve as Vice Consular Officer in Madrid, Spain She found the work fulfilling and diverse and believed it gave her the opportunity to exercise leadership and develop new skills. Among her many accomplishments was helping to expand cooperation with the government of Burkina Faso on UN issues and coordinating U.S. military training programs and donations.

Breanna said that she is proud to serve as an example of an African American woman to the rest of the world. Ultimately, she hopes to "make a positive impact on the way women of color are viewed not just within the Foreign Service, but by people from other countries as well." Working with the Defense Ministry at her first post gave her the opportunity to do just that. "I participated in Defense Ministry meetings where I was often the only woman in the room," Breanna said.

Above all, Breanna values the counseling and the financial support she received as a Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Program introduced her to current and former diplomats, Members of Congress and FSOs abroad. Without the worry of paying for school or a finding a job after graduation, the Rangel Program gave her the ability to fully concentrate on her studies while in graduate school at American University. To this day, she still keeps in touch with the Rangel Program staff and all of her colleagues in the 2004 Rangel cohort as they all work toward making the Foreign Service more diverse and representative of all Americans.

Brandon Jackson
2006 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
After graduating from Cornell University, working for the government was the last thing on Brandon Jackson's mind. But, while serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Korea, a Foreign Service Officer gave a talk about the U.S. Foreign Service that changed his life forever.

"The Foreign Service is the career that I always dreamed of but never really knew existed," Brandon said. "The work is exciting and rewarding – with endless possibilities to make a difference in people's lives."2006 Rangel Fellow - Training to serve as a Consular Officer in Madrid, Spain Now, as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) , Brandon looks back on his path that led him to the Foreign Service and to the Rangel Program. After seeing the connection between his commitment to service and learning about the Foreign Service, becoming an FSO became his top priority. For Brandon, the Rangel Program was a great resource for finding out what life is like in the Foreign Service, as well as the role that both the State Department and Congress play in foreign policy.

As a Rangel Fellow, Brandon did a congressional internship in Washington and attended Georgetown University. In addition, his overseas internship in Taiwan between his first and second years of graduate school made a significant impact on him. "My internship allowed me to work on issues of great importance to Washington, such as the "Trafficking in Persons" report and the 2008 Taiwanese presidential and legislative elections." He visited a detention center for human traffickers and met with Taiwan officials responsible for revising the laws. "Knowing that I was part of the process that would eventually change how the government treated the very women I saw in that detention center had a profound impact on me," he said. After this experience, Brandon concluded that he "made the right career choice." Returning with one more year of graduate school at Georgetown University, Brandon was able to apply the lessons he learned to his studies and to his future career in the Foreign Service. Brandon served in Sheyang, China for his first tour, followed by an assignment at the United Nations and one working as a Political Officer in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa.

In addition to his overseas internship, Brandon's most valued aspect of the Rangel Program was his mentors. "I am a much more critical thinker, detailed planner and competent professional because of the mentoring relationships," he said. "I would totally recommend this program to anyone who is interested in growing both personally and professionally in a tailored program that helps one to develop the necessary skills to succeed."

Erika Lewis
2007 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
Life is coming full circle for Erika Lewis, a 2007 Rangel Fellow and Foreign Service Officer. In high school, she was first introduced to the Foreign Service on a trip to the State Department representing Mexico in the Model UN Program. Five years later, Erika took her oath of office in that same State Department auditorium, no longer a visitor, but an employee.2007 Rangel Fellow - Training to serve as a Consular Officer in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico As a Foreign Service Officer, Erika was stationed in Mexico, the same country she represented back in high school.

"I decided to apply for the Rangel Program because I believed it would provide me with the tools I needed to prepare for a career in the Foreign Service," she said. Erika graduated with a BA in International Business from Howard University in 2007 and immediately entered the Rangel Program. She received a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University in 2009. During her undergraduate years, she studied at the University of Ghana, Legon and served as an intern in the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Her experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student have contributed to her professional success, but the Rangel Program has given her so much more. In addition to the "genuine investment" in the lives and careers of the Fellows that she says comes from the Rangel Program staff, Erika most valued the legislative component of the program. During the summer before the start of graduate school, Erika interned for Senator Joseph Biden on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, having the best internship experience imaginable. With the understanding that comes from working in Congress, Erika feels prepared to bring her classroom and real-world experiences to the Foreign Service.

To prospective fellows, Erika said that she "would absolutely recommend the Rangel Program."  Currently stationed in the Bureau of Foreign Assistance in Washington with her husband and two daughters, Erika is pursuing a career as an Economic Officer. Prior to this, she served in Yaounde, Cameroon where she contribute to the development of Africa through strengthening the trade and investment relationship between the United States and Africa. Committed to service, Erika also volunteers in the communities in which she works.

Aqueelah Torrance
2007 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
Currently serving as a Political Officer at U.S. Embassy in vietnam, Aqueelah credits the Rangel Program with preparing her for life as a diplomat abroad.2007 Rangel Fellow - Training to serve as a Foreign Service Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia "The Rangel Program is a great gift. It has provided me with great structure: two summer internships while in graduate school and a valuable source of friends. Going into the Foreign Service, I have a network of close friends. We have supported each other since grad school, and it feels great to know that we will have each other throughout our careers." Besides developing "familial ties" with other Rangel Program fellows and staff, she also appreciated the relationships she formed with ambassadors and other senior officials through the program.

Aqueelah first learned about the Foreign Service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru where she worked with Foreign Service Officers who were in what she considered an amazing career. "[I] was fascinated by their work, opportunities to travel and interests in policy implementation," she said. Accepted into the Rangel Program in 2007, Aqueelah was able to pursue a Masters in Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She also as served as an intern in the Office of Representative Donald Payne, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and in the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, Panama.

Aqueelah and her colleagues formed a particularly strong bond with one another and with the program staff that has remained with them. While Aqueelah attended graduate school in Washington, D.C., where the Rangel Program is based, the 2007 Rangel Fellows were spread throughout the country. But the bonds they formed were strong enough to endure long distances. Now spread around the globe on everyone's first assignments, Aqueelah truly appreciates the Rangel Program for providing lifelong mentors, friends and experiences.

This 2003 Rutgers University graduate and 2009 Georgetown University graduate is on the political career track because she "enjoys public service," she said. "I have a strong interest in human rights and social equality." With a strong interest in Latin America, where she said income disparities are a major challenge, Aqueelah is hoping to make a difference through her new job and life as a Foreign Service Officer. She is very excited that the foreign service has allowed her to broaden her experiences by serving her first tour in Indonesia, a part of the world that is of great interest to her, and then working on international Security issues in the Bureau of Eropean and Eurasian Affairs.

Greg Pardo
2008 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
Politics and international service have been consuming interests for Greg Pardo, a native of San Antonio, Texas. With a degree in political science and international relations, Greg volunteered for a non-government organization in Bangladesh for two years after college.2008 Rangel Fellow - A second year graduate student at the Univesity of Texas in Austin Experiencing the political riots and subsequent suspension of elections in 2006 and 2007, he recognized the strong interest the United States has in promoting peace and stability around the world. His desire to be part of that effort attracted him to the Foreign Service. He turned to the Rangel Program to make his goals a reality.

"The Rangel Program is right for me because it has given me the opportunity to learn more about the ways Congress affects the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program has also shown me the various facets of diplomacy through presentations on trade and NGOs. More importantly, the Rangel Program has connected me to a network of experienced FSOs who are more than willing to guide me during my preparation for the State Department."

As part of his fellowship, Greg worked for the Chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and Global Environment in summer 2008. In the summer of 2009, Greg was the only intern at the U.S. embassy in Rangoon, Burma during the high-profile trials of Myanmar opposition leader (and Nobel Peace Prize winner) Daw Aung San Suu Kyii and an American citizen who had visited her compound uninvited, sparking the detentions. Because these trials generated enormous international interest and condemnation, Greg was able to support the Embassy's efforts to cover events in Rangoon. While he was the only intern, he was not the only Rangel Fellow. He worked with Chelsia Hetrick, a 2005 Rangel Fellow serving as a Foreign Service Officer in Rangoon. "I realized that democracy building is a long and challenging task that requires patience and commitment," Greg said.

Now that he has completed both of his internships, Greg completed his master's degree in public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas in Austin and joined the Foreign Service in the summer of 2010. He is currently working as the assistant to the U.S. Ambassador in New Delhi, India after a first assignment in the Office of Cuban Affairs in Washington, DC.  As a Foreign Service Officer, he hopes not only to contribute to U.S. foreign policy but also to correct misconceptions about America. In representing the diversity of America he hopes to show people around the world "a side of the U.S. they did not know existed."

Vi Jacobs-Nhan
2008 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
Vi Jacobs-Nhan wants to make a difference. Since taking her first political science course as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, she knew she wanted to be part of the solution to the world's problems, not a critic. “My experience growing up in Vietnam in the 1980s, where I witnessed firsthand the legacy left behind by American foreign policy-makers, provided context to the lectures delivered by my professors,” she said. ”However, every class presented a new set of difficult problems and left me with a sense of ineptness.” With a desire to find strategies to promote positive change, this Chinese-Vietnamese-American was drawn to opportunities to understand how decisions made in Washington could affect those as far away as Vietnam. She decided to stretch her knowledge of the world by studying abroad in Morocco. “Discussing, and at times dispelling, my host family's notions of the U.S. instilled in me a desire to present the real image of America to the international community,” she said. “I am awed by a chance, through the Foreign Service, to shape America's foreign policy and humbled by the responsibility to show the world the diversity that is America.”2010 Rangel Fellow

In her senior year of college, Vi was selected to become a Rangel Fellow and accepted admission to the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). As a Rangel Fellow, she took advantage of being immersed in world of policy-making as an intern on Capitol Hill and explored the congressional role in U.S. foreign policy. She then interned at U.S. Embassy Hanoi where she helped analyze Vietnam's political dynamics through engagement with U.S. and Vietnamese officials and non government organizations. She graduated with a master's degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Proficient in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese, Vi studied Japanese at the Foreign Service Institute and is now working in the Office of Taiwan coordination in  the State Department. Prior to this, she served in U.S. consulate General Shserving in her second post as a U.S. diplomat in Shanghai, China after her first post in Osaka, Japan.

Admiring others Rangel Fellows, Vi values the personal and professional connections she has with her fellow budding diplomats. “The network of fellows, both in my cohort and from other cohorts, provides the support and the resources I rely on countless times,” she said. Offering her time and advice to new Rangel Fellows is also rewarding to Vi, as she sees the value of building strong ties to those around her. Overall, she said that the Rangel Program played a supportive role in her journey to the Foreign Service and achieving her goal to help write a better history for the students of tomorrow.

Patrick Branco
2010 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Servcie Officer
Patrick became interested in the Foreign Service and the Rangel Fellowship at the same time. In the summer of 2009, he received a Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department for the study of Korean language. During orientation in Washington, DC, several Foreign Service Officers spoke about opportunities in the Foreign Service and also spoke about the various State Fellowship programs. From that moment, Patrick decided that he wouldn't go to law school but would instead begin preparing for graduate school and the Rangel Program.2010 Rangel Fellow

After his experience in Korea, Patrick applied for and received the 2010 Rangel Graduate Fellowship. He is now serving as a consular Officer in Islamabad, Paskistan, after serving, as a cultural Affairs Officer in Bogotá , Colombia. For Patrick, the Rangel Program was the perfect fit because of his upbringing and his culture. "The Native Hawaiian culture is about stewardship and family. The Rangel Program parallels that in many ways. The program provides opportunities for excellent mentorship, professional development and this is done all in a family setting. The Rangel Program is all about family, whether it be with our director, mentors or other fellows."

During the summer of 2011, As a Rangel Fellow, Patrick attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced . He spent his overseas internship in Seoul, South Korea working in the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy. While there, he assisted inad, Pakistan, after serving as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Bogota, Columbia. the development of programs for community outreach to college students. He also got the opportunity to travel to various places in Korea giving speeches to school-age Koreans about volunteerism and American Politics.

Patrick is excited to embark on his Foreign Service career which has began in 2012. He is now serving in Bogota, Columbia. In his opinion, it is a career that combines many different things. "The Foreign Service is for those of us who are eternal learners. A great Foreign Service Officer needs to be able to continually learn on subjects like history, politics, economics, international relations, culture and much more. I love learning, and having a career that is fast paced and constantly changing is perfect for me."

Patrick hopes that his presence as a Foreign Service Officer will not only bring recognition to his native Hawaiian people but also bring greater visibility to minorities in the United States. "America is a very diverse place, and I hope that through my work at State I can change the image and perception of how others view the U.S. America is diversity and through my career I would like to reconfirm that."

Jacob Mecum
2011 Rangel Fellow
Graduate Student
As a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe, Jacob has always been interested in culture, history, language and international relations. Spending time on the reservation in Oregon and living and working outside of it sometimes left him feeling as though he lived between two different worlds. “The Rangel Program and the Foreign Service provide me with the opportunity to study other cultures, religions, ideas and political opinions; to bridge the gap between these two worlds.”2010 Rangel Fellow

After graduating Portland State University in 2009 with a degree in Criminal Justice and working for a few years, Jacob realized that a career as a Foreign Service Officer would provide him the greatest opportunity to succeed in his commitment to public service, to his family, to his tribe and to the United States. Jacob believes that many of our international issues and conflicts today come from a lack of knowledge about differences in culture, religion and political beliefs. “As a Foreign Service Officer, I hope to help build, within the international community, an increased capacity for civil dialogue and cooperation, and to instill a desire to learn of and understand other cultures.”

Jacob recently completed his graduate student at American University's School of Public Affairs and entered the Foreign Service. He is currently serving as Political Officer iin Zagreb, Croatia. Jacob believes that the Rangel Program and the Foreign Service understand the value of diversity and hopes that his presence as a Native American Foreign Service Officer will help to open the door of this career for other members of his tribe to follow. “I wholly believe in and understand the quality of ideas, thoughts and values Native Americans can contribute to the international community.”

Dominic Randazzo
2005 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
Dominic was a college freshman when the attacks of September 11th occurred. Having always been interested in international politics and travel, the Foreign Service seemed to be the perfect way for Dominic to serve the United States of America. “Foreign Service Officers truly are the face of America. We undertake tough international assignments but are rewarded with the chance to strengthen and expand our person-to-person, bilateral, and multilateral relationships every day. I consider being a Foreign Service Officer a privilege, not a job.”

Dominic graduated from Allegheny College in 2005 with a Bachelor in Political Science. That same year he was awarded the Rangel Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship allowed him to dual master's degrees in public administration and international relations at Syracuse University's Maxwell School and started him off on a path to a rewarding Foreign Service career. “The Rangel Program provides those interested in joining the Foreign Service with incredible experiences and opportunities. The internships I did through the program readied me for career of ever-changing locations, cultures, and issues.”

One of Dominic's most profound experiences in the Foreign Service was being a Consular Officer on duty in Haiti when the deadly earthquake of 2010 struck. The consular team at the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince evacuated more than 15,000 American citizens and assisted thousands more. For Dominic, this experience demonstrated how American diplomats serve the core interests of the American people in times of crisis. “There's nothing more incredible than helping fellow Americans overseas who are in need. I love leaving work each day knowing I made a difference in others' lives.”

Over the course of Dominic's Foreign Service career he has served in Haiti, Zambia, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Rwanda, and now Nepal. He did an internship as a Rangel Fellow intern in the Republic of Georgia. Dominic believes the Rangel Program was right for him because “it made me part of a family of dedicated and diverse future and former Foreign Service Officers. The staff and faculty who support the program fully believe in the program's ability to help new Rangel Fellows become the best possible U.S. diplomats.“

Calvin Hayes
2011 Rangel Fellow
Foreign Service Officer
Currently finishing his first assignment as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Calvin Hayes is excited about pursuing a career that allows him to make an impact on the world. He explains, "The Rangel Program and the Foreign Service give me the ability to represent my country while also showing the diversity of America abroad. I have a challenging yet rewarding opportunity to engage global audiences, provide critical resources to communities that need it the most, and implement programs that will have long-term impact."

Calvin is originally from Orlando, Florida and attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He participated in the Rangel undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, studied abroad, and served as an intern in the U.S. Embassy in South Africa. His experience working on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to South Africa helped him to decide to join the Foreign Service. Calvin pursued his interest in the Foreign Service through the Rangel Graduate Fellowship, which supported his graduate studies and professional development. As a Rangel Fellow, he completed a Master's in Public Diplomacy at American University and internships in the State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs and in U.S. Embassy Djibouti. He explains, "The two features of the Rangel program that I value most are the opportunities for exposure and mentorship. Growing up, I was raised by a loving single mother, and I attended inner-city schools. The Rangel program provided me my first introduction to Washington, D.C. and a front seat to the creation of foreign policy, as well as mentors who continue to introduce me to a wealth of resources, opportunities and people."

Now a Foreign Service Officer, Calvin is actively involved in outreach to local communities on behalf of U.S. Embassy Dhaka. Calvin's ultimate goal in his career as a Foreign Service Officer is to leave each country knowing that he has advanced America's interests while at the same time contributing to promoting a peaceful and prosperous relationship in every place that he serves. He adds, "In a decisive moment, you can either define the moment, or let the moment define you. Receiving the Rangel Fellowship has been one my most defining moments of my life."

Candace Bates
2003 Rangel Fellow
Candace Bates, a 2003 Rangel Fellow, is currently working on population issues in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. As one of three full-time population policy officers in the Department, Candace has the responsibility of implementing policy and managing inter-agency coordination on all matters related to U.S. international population policy and its integration in overall U.S. foreign policy. She enjoys maintaining positive relationships with other governments and a few United Nations agencies in order to work toward progress in the lives of women and girls around the world, particularly in regards to reproductive health and rights. Candace hails from Mobile, Alabama, attended Florida A&M University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She joined the Foreign Service in 2006. She has worked on consular issues in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, served in Dublin, Ireland, and worked on international communications issues in the State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Her favorite things about the Foreign Service career are meeting interesting people, travelling and experiencing different cultures, the flexibility to take on a variety of jobs in one career, and most importantly representing the U.S. abroad and helping fellow U.S. citizens in distress.

 

 

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