Experienced Foreign Service Officer eager to pursue a career in International Programs at the University level. Skilled in cross cultural communications and balancing multiple fast paced projects.
Strong interpersonal skills
Excels in high-pressure, fast paced environment
Strong writing ability
Experience in working with high level government officials
Fluent in Portuguese, Russian
Crisis and emergency communications
Strong ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in high pressure situations
Foreign Service Officer, 03/2006 to Current State Department – Washington, DC -Collaborate daily with regional and functional bureaus, the operations center, and interagency partners to insure the timely dissemination of relevant intelligence to the Secretary of State and other high ranking US government officials. -Developed strategy to assess the validity of visa issuances in Uzbekistan and tracked accuracy of data collection and reporting; made recommendations based on initial data. -Supervised two Uzbek colleagues in the Immigrant Visa unit at the US Embassy in Tashkent and helped them to develop their professional plans and goals. -Interviewed Brazilian and Uzbek visa applicants in Portuguese, Russian, and English to assess their eligibility for student, work, travel, and immigrant visas.
Photographer and Features Writer, 11/2000 to 08/2002 Virgin Islands Daily News – St Thomas, VI -Photographed and wrote feature articles about native Virgin Island life, education, sports, politics, and cultural events for a Pullitzer-prize winning community newspaper covering three islands in the Caribbean.
Research Assistant, 06/2000 to 08/2000 Human Rights Watch – Tashkent, Uzbekistan -Attended trials, documenting and researching Uzbek government's systematic imprisonment of certain religious groups for major international human rights organization, providing material which was eventually used in a report documenting human rights abuses.
Peace Corps Volunteer, 09/1995 to 11/1997 Peace Corps – Turkmenabad, Turkmenistan -Organized administration and teachers in a small Turkmen city to establish a cultural center for English education for teens and adults. Selected director and obtained funding and coordinated with teachers to establish an English language school. -Taught ESL classes to Turkmen adults and children.
Americorps Volunteer, 08/1994 to 08/1995 Americorps – Austin, Texas -Coordinated and implemented programming for youth in two public housing developments in impoverished Austin communities.
Master of Science: Social Science Research, 2003 University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Master of Arts: Photojournalism, 2000 University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA
Bachelor of Arts: English and Anthropology, 1994 University of Texas - Austin, TX