Carson Relitz Rocker is a career member of the Foreign Service with a wide range of experience as a foreign policy practitioner, manager, and negotiator across diverse regions and issues. She has worked to advance U.S. interests and serve the American people in Europe, Africa, and Central Asia, advocating for human rights, supporting democratic governance, countering corruption and trafficking in persons, and promoting national security.
Carson is currently Deputy to the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom (IRF) in Washington, DC. Carson first joined IRF in 2019 as the Strategic Religious Engagement Unit Chief, adding responsibility for the Human Security and Inclusion Unit in January 2021 before becoming Deputy in March the same year. Before IRF, she was the Political and Economic Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Albania. Carson’s previous assignments include the Senior Georgia Desk Officer in the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in Washington, elections and counter-narcotics in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and leading the Internal Politics Team at U.S. Embassy Kabul. She has also served at the U.S. Embassies in Burundi, Ethiopia, and Belarus.
Carson earned her Master of Arts in Bible and Theology from Wheaton College in Illinois and taught English in Japan. She is an honors graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science.