Shireen L. Dodson is currently the Ombudsman for the Department of State. Ms. Dodson has over 30 years of experience working with non-profits, corporate America, government, and is a trained mediator and executive coach. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland and her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey. In July 2008, Ms. Dodson became a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP) from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
M. Katherine Manderson (Katie):
Prior to returning to DOS, Katie Manderson worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) managing the informal EEO program, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program, and the harassment portfolio for the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD). Previously, she held a similar position within DOS in the Office of Civil Rights. Katie is currently an Associate Ombudsman at the Department of State (DOS) where she mediates, facilitates group conflict, and works to assist employees solve their conflicts through the Workplace Conflict Resolution and Prevention Center (wCPRc) within the Office of the Ombudsman. She has over thirteen years of experience as a mediator and is a trained facilitator and conflict coach. She received her M.A in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver with a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In her free time she is an avid scuba diver, photographer, and chef.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Office of the Ombudsman and Workplace Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center, Andrea Brown worked for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) where she managed the Workplace Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program. Andrea has over a decade of experience working in the area of Conflict Resolution, Diversity & Inclusion and Facilitation & Training. Prior to working for the federal government Andrea was a high school educator in Northern Virginia. Andrea also served on the Council for Cultural Competence where she was responsible for developing and implementing systemic cultural competency, and diversity initiatives for the school system. Andrea’s interest in issues of diversity and conflict resolution in the workplace led her to work with American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), and a Fair Employment Practices Agency (FEPA) as an EEO specialist. Andrea has a Master’s of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), Arlington, VA and a Bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. She is a certified mediator. She was a Fulbright scholar and studied in Ghana, West Africa.
Before her position as an Associate Ombudsman with the Office of the Ombudsman and Workplace Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center, Julie worked as a legal intern for the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of State. She is an attorney and a trained mediator. Julie earned her J.D. from William and Mary Law School, and earned her Bachelor's Degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Serves as the Office Management Specialist in the Office of the Ombudsman and also assists in everyday core functions of the office. Prior to joining the Office of the Ombudsman, Dominique worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of Administration and at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She received her undergraduate degree from Bowie State University and majored in Communications with a specialty in Broadcast Journalism. Dominique is attending George Mason University for her Master’s in Conflict Resolution.