Department of State

Matthew Asada, State Vice President

Portrait of Matthew Asada
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Welcome! I am honored to serve as your full-time State Vice President. A member of AFSA since joining the Foreign Service more than 10 years ago, I was excited to join the Governing Board in 2011 as a State Representative and in 2013 as your elected State Vice President. I fundamentally believe in the importance of AFSA's dual role as the professional association and public sector union for the Department's 14,000 active duty Foreign Service employees. AFSA's Governing Board has identified five priority areas in our 2013-2015 Strategic Plan as outlined below: good governance, benefits - quality of work/life, career development, security, and image and profile.

During my two-year term I look forward to addressing these issues at the Department for all Foreign Service employees. The challenges facing the Service are many, but with your help we can tackle them together.

I welcome your suggestions and ideas and look forward to hearing from you! Stop by HST Room 1251 next time you're in the building and say hi. Your AFSA office is right across from the Employee Services Center.
HST 1251, (202) 647-8160



Reaching out on behalf of AFSA and the Foreign Service to explain what we do and why it is so important. A selection of outreach activities:


Written communications are one of our core precepts and it is essential that employees - past and present - are able to publish whether through social media, journals, magazines, or books. A selection of recent publications:

Updates from the Vice President

My FSJ Columns