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MARCH 2016




Director of Professional

Policy Issues

AFSA announces our

first-ever director of

professional policy

issues: Maria Livingston.

Her new department is

responsible for provid-

ing policy analysis and

recommendations on issues affecting the health and

well-being of the Foreign Service career path across

all of AFSA’s constituencies.

Maria joined AFSA last spring as the associate

editor of

The Foreign Service Journal

, where she

communicated association news to our members in

the AFSA News section of the


. Prior to that,

Maria served as a Foreign Service officer for eight

years, with assignments to Guatemala City, Mexico

City and the Bureau of Economic and Business

Affairs. She was also detailed to the U.S. Executive

Director’s Office at the World Bank.

A New Mexico native, Maria holds bachelor’s

degrees in international studies and Russian from

the University of Denver and a master’s degree in

public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School

of Government. Please join us in congratulating

Maria on her new role.

Retiree Representative

AFSA is happy to present

Isabelle Hazel, its new retiree

representative. For the past

two years, Isabelle has been a

data-entry specialist in AFSA’s

membership department.

A recent graduate of The

George Washington University’s Elliott School of

International Affairs, she has prior experience in

international affairs through internships with Con-

gresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), the Council on

Foreign Relations, Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong

and Doctors Without Borders. Isabelle has thor-

oughly enjoyed engaging with members of the For-

eign Service in a supportive capacity during her time

at AFSA and is eager to build even more relation-

ships through her new role as retiree representative.

AFSA welcomes Isabelle to the team!