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ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes
Julieta Valls Noyes, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. Prior to this assignment, she was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, a NATO Ally and member of the European Union. From 2013-2015, Ambassador Noyes held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she was responsible for managing relations with twelve countries in Western Europe and the European Union. As Deputy Executive Secretary for the Department of State from 2011-2013, Ambassador Noyes managed trips and oversaw the preparation of briefing materials for two Secretaries of State. She organized close to twenty trips, traveling over 200,000 miles, and visiting every continent. Ambassador Noyes was Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See from 2008-2011. Ambassador Noyes has also served as Deputy Director of the Operations Center, the 24-hour crisis management and communications center of the State Department; Director of the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; and in domestic and overseas positions in the Bureaus of European and Western Hemisphere Affairs. As Political Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Panama from 1999-2002, she negotiated a status of forces agreement, an achievement for which she earned a Distinguished Service Award. Ambassador Noyes speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and some French and Croatian. A graduate of Wellesley College, she has a Master’s Degree from the Eisenhower College of the National Defense University. She is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. She is married to Nicholas Noyes, Jr., a retired Foreign Service Officer, and they have three children.
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Lia Miller and Christina Tilghman
Mid-level Foreign Service Officers Lia Miller and Christina Tilghman, both of whom served as President of the Pickering and Rangel Fellows Association, share how they leveraged their leadership in the Employee Affinity Group to promote diversity and inclusion at the State Department, and advice for successful careers in foreign policy. Read Lia and Christina's recent article with Ana Escrogima in the Foreign Service Journal, "Diversity at State: A Dream Deferred and a Collective Responsibility": https://www.afsa.org/diversity-state-dream-deferred-and-collective-responsibility Recorded: November 20, 2020
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Annika Betancourt and Mary Vargas
Annika Betancourt serves as Peru desk officer and is currently dual-hatted as Deputy Director for the Office of Andean Affairs. She recently concluded the CFR International Affairs Fellowship at the Brookings Institution focusing on U.S.-North Korea confidence-building measures. On the DPRK desk in Washington, DC, Annika played a critical role in the release of UVA student Otto Warmbier from North Korea. Annika joined the Foreign Service in 2011 and has also served in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Athens, Greece; and Kabul, Afghanistan. Annika has a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Mary Vargas joined the Foreign Service in 2008. She is serving as Trade and Investment Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City where she leads post’s engagement with the Government of Mexico on implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). During a four year tour in Jerusalem, Mary developed policy recommendations for Gaza post-war reconstruction and designed technical assistance programs to improve West Bank water and energy infrastructure. She has also served as a Refugee Coordinator in Baghdad, Iraq; political officer in Karachi, Pakistan; and consular officer in Tijuana, Mexico. Mary has a B.A. from The George Washington University and an M.A. from the University of California in San Diego. Learn more about Diverse Diplomacy https://www.diversediplomacy.com/ Produced with support from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation's project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service. Recorded: February 4, 2021
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Mirembe Nantongo
Mirembe Nantongo recently retired from the State Department after a 25-year career as a Foreign Service Generalist. Of Ugandan and Dutch parentage, she first worked for State as a Locally Employed staff member at U.S. Embassy Kampala, then spent six years as an Eligible Family Member before joining A-100 as a Foreign Service officer in 1995. She served and lived in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Washington, D.C. Although coned as a political officer, she worked in all five Foreign Service cones, served twice as a deputy chief of mission and, finally, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Global Talent Management. Both her sons were born under the Foreign Service umbrella and spent their childhoods in international schools overseas. Influenced by Embassy Marine Security Guards in various assignments, both ended up as U.S. Marines themselves—one now on active duty and the other recently graduated from college. Mirembe retired in order to spend more time with her aging mother who lives in the Netherlands. Learn more about Diverse Diplomacy https://www.diversediplomacy.com/ Produced with support from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation's project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service.
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Nicole Bibbins Sedaca _ full event video
Prof. Bibbins Sedaca serves as the Chair for the Global Politics and Security Concentration in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program and is a Professor in the Practice of International Affairs in MSFS. Ms. Bibbins Sedaca has held numerous positions in the public and non-governmental sectors in the United States and Ecuador. She served for ten years in the United States Department of State, working on democracy promotion, human rights, human trafficking, religious freedom, refugees, and counterterrorism. During this time, her positions included: the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and External Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the Special Assistant to the Ambassador-At-Large for Counterterrorism. Following her governmental service, she opened and directed the International Republican Institute’s local governance program in Ecuador. She also taught at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) on democratization and conflict resolution. She also co-led the USFQ Model United Nations team that won several awards in April 2009. Prior to returning to Georgetown full-time, she served as the Director of the Washington Office of Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group. Ms. Bibbins Sedaca holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The College of William and Mary, where she was a Presidential and Monroe Scholar. She studied at Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, while on a Rotary International Scholarship. In 2015, she was awarded Georgetown’s 1820 Graduate Award for outstanding leadership and service by graduate alumni to the Georgetown alumni community. She has earned three Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State. While at Georgetown, she received the Dean’s Citation and Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, and also was a Georgetown University Scholarship Recipient, Dorothy Danforth Scholarship Recipient and Edward Weintal Distinguished Scholar. She serves at the Chairperson of the Board of the International Justice Mission, a non-governmental organization fighting human trafficking and violence against the poor. She has served as the Chair of the Board of the Institute for Global Engagement, a non-governmental organization promoting religious freedom overseas, and also served on the Board of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, the William and Mary Fund and the William and Mary Washington Office.
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez
Ambassador (ret.) Lino Gutiérrez is CEO of Gutiérrez Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic advice for corporations interested in investing in Latin America and Europe. He serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. In December 2010, Gutiérrez was named Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, which is dedicated to a strong and professional Foreign Service. In 2007, Gutiérrez Global LLC signed a one-year contract with the Department of Commerce. Ambassador Gutiérrez served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez on Cuba transition and Latin America from 2007-09. In 2010, Gutiérrez Global LLC won a State Department contract to direct and teach a course on the Southern Cone countries at the Foreign Service Institute. After a 29-year career in which he served six U.S. Presidents and 13 Secretaries of State, Lino Gutiérrez retired from the Department of State in November 2006. His last posting was as Ambassador to Argentina from 2003-2006. During his tenure, the United States and Argentina signed agreements on counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics cooperation, and container security. In 2005, Ambassador Gutiérrez welcomed President Bush to Argentina as he attended the Summit of the Americas. Gutiérrez also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 1999-2002. He led the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs on September 11, 2001, and beyond. He accompanied Secretary of State Colin Powell to Lima, Peru for the signing of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and returned with the Secretary’s party to the United States on September 11, 2001. In 1996, President Clinton nominated Lino Gutiérrez to serve as Ambassador to Nicaragua. After being confirmed by the Senate, he served until 1999. While in Nicaragua, Ambassador Gutiérrez coordinated the relief effort after Hurricane Mitch. Other overseas postings included tours in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France, and the Bahamas. Gutiérrez serves on the Board of Visitors of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security in Fort Benning, Ga. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the SOUTHCOM Advisory Board, and serves on the Pickering Fellows interviewing panel for the Department of State. From 2002-2003, Gutiérrez occupied the George Kennan chair as International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. Lino Gutiérrez has been the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, Superior Honor Award (twice) and Meritorious Honor Award (three times). He has also earned the U.S. Army’s Civilian Award. A native of Havana, Cuba, Gutiérrez has a master’s and bachelor’s from the University of Alabama, and also attended the University of Miami. After graduating from college, he taught social studies for the Dade County (Fla.) school system and the Urban League. He is married to the former Miriam Messina from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The couple has three daughters and five grandchildren.
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Amb. Barbara Bodine
Ambassador (ret.) Barbara K. Bodine is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and concurrent Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Ms. Bodine’s over 30 years in the US Foreign Service were spent primarily on Arabian Peninsula and greater Persian Gulf issues, specifically US bilateral and regional policy, strategic security issues, counterterrorism, and governance and reform. Her tour as Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen, 1997-2001, saw enhanced support for democratization and increased security and counterterrorism cooperation. In addition to several other assignment in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, she was Deputy for Operations, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism and subsequently acting overall Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Director of East African Affairs, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, and Senior Advisor for International Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. She earned a BA degree in in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.