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Date: 9:00am - 12:00pm PST November 8 Location: Career Center Conference Area

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Meet Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest! Learn about careers with the U.S. Department of State and how you can serve your country by working in any one of more than 270 U.S. embassies, consulates or missions overseas, or in Washington, D.C. Career paths include Foreign Service Officers, Foreign Service Specialists, Civil Service professionals and interns. All U.S. Department of State careers require U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Department of State is an equal opportunity employer.

A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm is the Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest, responsible for engagement and recruiting throughout northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia. Prior to her three years in Skopje, Micaela directed the Crisis Management Support unit in the Department of State’s Operations Center, having served in the Operations Center previously as a Watch Officer from 1999-2000. Overseas, Micaela has also worked at the U.S. embassies in Zagreb, Cairo, Baghdad, Tunis and Kathmandu and at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where she was the Public Affairs Officer and spokesperson for the Consulate. In addition to her tours in the Operations Center, Micaela served in Washington as staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs. Micaela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the National War College. She has studied the Macedonian, Arabic, French, and Nepali languages. She is married to fellow Foreign Service Officer Todd Bluhm. They have three children.

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