~Enjoying Reno, NV (December 2014)~
Born and raised in northern California, I graduated from San Diego State University in 2001 with a bachelor of liberal arts and sciences in psychology. I am an alumna of Kappa Delta Sorority, Beta Rho chapter where I was elected vice president of standards my senior year.
I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Macedonia between 2002 and 2004, in the environmental education and management sector. Then I moved to Sydney, Australia and earned a master of international relations from Macquarie University in 2006.
Afterwards, I relocated to Washington, DC and worked for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council as a logistics officer. From 2006 to 2010 I worked at the Voice of America (VOA), first as a program assistant and later as executive assistant to the VOA director. I co-coordinated VOA broadcasts from the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions as deputy logistics and credentialing officer.
From 2010 to 2014 I worked at the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters, first as special assistant to the regional director for Europe, Mediterranean and Asia, and later as special assistant to the associate director for the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection. I also completed the Leadership Development Academy, Peace Corps’ prestigious 18-month professional development program the agency targets towards future senior leadership.
In the summer of 2014, my dream of becoming an American diplomat came true. I received my invitation to join the United States Foreign Service, and my first diplomatic assignment as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In preparation, I completed nine months of Russian language and tradecraft, and received my consular commission.
I am currently serving my second tour as Political Officer and Vice Consul at U.S. Embassy Canberra, Commonwealth of Australia.
I am married and have two stepdaughters. I love science fiction, the outdoors, and travel, and as of February 2018 I have still only visited 28 countries…so there’s a whole world to see!