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Black History Month 2012: Krystle Norman


Date: 02/01/2012 Description: Black History Month 2012: Krystle Norman - State Dept ImageKrystle Norman brings to the Foreign Service a passion for public service, mentorship, and leadership. She is a first tour public diplomacy officer doing a consular and economic rotation at Embassy Santo Domingo. As an active member of the Embassy community, Krystle has already helped plan a community eco-fair and a fashion show to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote eco-friendly practices in the Dominican Republic. As a member of the Speaker’s Bureau, Krystle promotes opportunities for entry-level officers to give informative presentations and attend events to expand post’s public diplomacy efforts. Prior to becoming a Foreign Service officer, she worked in the public diplomacy section of Embassy Quito and in the Bureau of Congressional Affairs, covering resource and democratic governance issues in Africa and Latin America.

Krystle first realized her passion for international affairs through her work at the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington, D.C. and with the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. She is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where she received her master’s degree in public policy after studying Spanish and African-American studies as an undergraduate. Krystle takes pride in serving as an inspiration to future student leaders, as she never passes up an opportunity to speak on admissions and career panels at her alma mater about her challenging, yet rewarding path to becoming a diplomat. Through mentorship and youth outreach, she hopes to motivate more minorities to pursue careers in international affairs, and she is determined to create a legacy of public service that her peers both admire and respect.

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