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Women's History Month: Susan R. Johnson


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Office of Civil Rights
Washington, DC
March 2009


Date: 03/05/2009 Description: Susan R. Johnson State Dept PhotoSusan R. Johnson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She currently is Senior Coordinator in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Before joining DRL, Ms. Johnson was Deputy High Representative with the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia. She served as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry in Baghdad, and twice as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge in Romania and Mauritius. Her other foreign assignments include Russia (Director of the Ambassador’s Assistance Coordination Unit), Kazakhstan (Director of the International Executive Service Corps, while on leave from the Department), Pakistan (Acting Refugee Counselor) and Cuba (U.S. Interests Section). She was a political officer at the US Mission to the United Nations in New York (USUN, in Washington on the Cuban desk, and served as Special Assistant (NEA/IO) to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, as a Pearson Fellow with Senator Bill Bradley in the U.S. Senate, and as Senior Program Officer with the National Endowment for Democracy.

Ms. Johnson comes from a family of career foreign service officers and does pro bono writing for animal welfare publications. She is member of Executive Women in Government and Executive Women at State. She has received numerous State Department awards including DCM of the Year. Ms. Johnson has an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in History from Principia College (Illinois).

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