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Speaker Bios:


Ketura Brown (moderator), Political Officer, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations 

Ketura is a Political Officer with the Department of State. Her areas of expertise are elections, humanitarian assistance, conflict transitions, East Africa and the Sahel, and counterterrorism. She is currently the Conflict and Stabilization Bureau’s lead on the Central Sahel and Africa Union. Previous assignments include Kenya, Mali, and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Department, Ketura worked with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. Ketura was born in Harlem, N.Y., and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ketura has a master's degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, with a specialization in International Security Studies and Islamic Civilization and Politics. 



Margaret Callahan, Conflict Analyst, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations

Margaret is a conflict analyst in the Office of Advanced Analytics at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). Margaret is CSO’s lead analyst for the Western Hemisphere and co-lead of the Bureau’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Before starting at CSO, Margaret was the 2017-18 American Mathematical Society/AAAS Congressional Fellow; during her fellowship, she worked for a U.S. senator to bring an analytic perspective to policymaking in the fields of education and workforce development. Margaret earned her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Case Western Reserve University in 2016; her academic research focused on Bayesian statistical inverse problems. Before graduate school, Margaret served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, where she taught secondary school mathematics and life skills.




Patricia Boerner, FAIT Fellowship Program Manager, Bureau of Global Talent Management

Patricia Boerner is the Program Manager for the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship, which is currently selecting its fifth cohort of fellows. She has been with the Department of State for more than eight years, previously serving as an Employment Program Officer in the Family Liaison Office, where she advocated for and provided guidance on family member employment. Prior to working for the Department of State domestically, she also served as the Community Liaison Office Coordinator for several years at the U.S. Embassy in London. Her work experience outside of the Department of State includes teaching overseas in Frankfurt, Germany, and at public schools in the United States.  




Aubrey Paris, Ph.D., Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Adviser, Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary

Aubrey Paris, Ph.D., leads and serves as creative director of “The Innovation Station” at the Department of State. Prior to joining the Department of State, Aubrey contributed to research on carbon dioxide electrocatalysis, water security implications of coal-fired power plants, and the future of U.S. nuclear energy. Her passion for science communication and public diplomacy stems from writing and executive producing various podcasts. Aubrey received her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Materials Science from Princeton University (2019), M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University (2017), and B.S. in Chemistry and Biology, with a minor in French, from Ursinus College (2015).




Jeffrey Johnson, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Business Management and Planning, Bureau of Information Resource Management 

Jeffrey D. Johnson is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Business Management and Planning at the Department of State, supporting a $2.4 billion global IT portfolio, servicing an 85,000-person workforce operating in over 300 locations around the world. In this position, Jeffrey provides executive leadership for IT strategy, portfolio management, enterprise architecture, digital diplomacy, policy and performance and IT workforce planning. Prior to HHS, Jeffrey was the Director of Federal Assistance at the Department of State, where he was responsible for the Department’s federal assistance management, policy, and training. He worked in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) as the Director of the Grants Division, where he provided support and leadership for all phases of ECA’s grants management program development and execution. Before joining the Department of State, Jeffrey worked at the Department of Education, where he developed a risk analysis tool and strategy for use in the Department of Education’s grant monitoring and oversight.