Irina Karmanova – Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Public Engagement in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs

Irina Karmanova currently serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Public Engagement, in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.  The Office of Public Engagement strives to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the American public about the important value of diplomacy and its tangible impact on American lives by connecting the State Department with domestic audiences through a variety of outreach activities that advance foreign affairs work at home and abroad.

Irina’s previous Department of State experience includes the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues; and the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Irina’s international experience includes assignments in Kyiv, Ukraine; Kolkata, India; Canberra, Australia; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Irina has Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Russian Language and Literature, and a Master’s degree in Global Communication, from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.   In her spare-time, she teaches a Global Capstone course on “U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Interests” as a part-time faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs.  Irina also enjoys travel, photography, hosting and attending cultural events, and painting.