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Kathy A. Johnson, Director, United States Diplomacy Center

Posted on September 23rd

The United States Diplomacy Center (USDC) is a future museum and education center at the U.S. Department of State, dedicated to showcasing the history, practices, and challenges of U.S. diplomacy. The museum will be located at the 21st Street entrance of the Harry S Truman building in Washington, D.C., where the Department of State is headquartered. The State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs is in charge of the museum’s development, exhibits, artifact collection, education programs, and outreach. Kathy A. Johnson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor Ms. Johnson serves as the Director of the Department’s United States Diplomacy Center, the first museum and education center in the United States devoted to telling the story of American diplomacy. Appointed to the USDC by the Assistant Secretary for Administration, Ms. Johnson’s most recent assignment was in Canberra, Australia. Other
assignments include Consular Officer in Monterrey, Mexico; Two tours in Europe (Warsaw Poland and Vienna, Austria); a Corporate Fellowship with the Exxon Chad Pipeline Project(Houston , TX); and Deputy Executive Directorships of the Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Scientific Affairs. Her distinguished career includes many awards and honors, including a 2010 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the 2010 Secretary of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and a Meritorious Honor Award with cash- U. S. Embassy Damascus, Syria. Ms. Johnson received her B. A. and her degree in History from the Aurora College in Aurora, IL and earned her Master’s in Business Administration, Executive MBA at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX in 2003. She is a graduate of the Air War College,Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, with a master’s degree in National Security Strategy, class of 2007.

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