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African-American History Month 2010: Djenaba Kendrick


February 9, 2010

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Date: 02/12/2010 Description: 2010 Black History Month: Djenaba Kendrick - State Dept Image

Djenaba (Daj) Kendrick has been working for the Department of State for 13 years. She has traveled to over 20 countries on behalf of the Department in the course of her career.

Ms. Kendrick has been a consular officer since 2001 and is currently the fraud prevention manager in the consular section at Embassy Caracas. Although she is a civil service employee, she is on her third excursion hard-to-fill tour. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Kendrick worked in the Office of Fraud Prevention Programs in the Bureau of Consular Affairs from October 2005 until July 2008 covering South Asia and the Caribbean and Canadian portfolios.

From 2003 to 2005, she was the Deputy Consul General in Nairobi, Kenya, serving as the visa unit chief and accountable consular officer. Prior to her assignment in Kenya, she was the economic/consular officer in Kigali, Rwanda from 2001 to 2003 and served as the sole economic and consular officer at post. From March 1998 to August 2001, Ms. Kendrick was a management analyst in the Office of the Inspector General. She conducted program evaluations on various Department-funded programs abroad including on law enforcement coordination, the counter-narcotics program in Colombia, and projects on refugee women.

Ms. Kendrick began her professional career in 1997 as a co-op student with the Bureau of Consular Affairs. While completing her Master’s degree at American University, she worked as a citizens services specialist in the Overseas Citizens Services, Africa Division. She is also a graduate of Spelman College.

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