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Bid GPA Virtual Open House
A Conversation with PDAS Kane and Officers from the Bureau of Global Public Affairs
August 29, 2022

Join us live on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 9:00 AM EST



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Program Overview

When: Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 9:00 AM EST

Are you an expert communicator, or do you seek to be one?  Are you looking for a job that will be fast-paced, challenging, and deeply rewarding?  Do you want to be a spokesperson yourself, or organize events for international media?  Do you revel in the data science research that guides our messaging work? Or prefer creating convincing content?  The Bureau of Global Public Affairs (GPA) effectively communicates U.S. foreign policy to public audiences across the world and here at home, to advance our objectives. Your next tour in GPA — whether in Washington New York, Miami or beyond — will put you at the center of our top foreign policy goals.

GPA has a spectacular team, doing important and impactful work.  From crafting communication strategies, to leading media outreach, to conducting research for targeted audiences, GPA will help you grow professionally while engaging in team efforts that impact our policy every day. We welcome bidders from all cones.

Join GPA PDAS Kristin Kane, DAS Robert Ogburn, DEIA Advisor Shannon Wilson, and Foreign Service Officer Paul Wulfsberg to learn about the Bureau, ask questions, and find out more at our virtual Open House (https://interactive.state.gov/bidgpa).  Event password: bidgpa

For more details on available positions, checkout the Bid GPA SharePoint Site and/or reach out to the bureau’s Foreign Service recruitment coordinator, Laura Hesselton at hesseltonle@state.gov.


Kristin M. Kane

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Global Public Affairs

Kristin M. Kane serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs. She is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister Counselor. Ms. Kane most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, at Embassy Lisbon from 2019-2022. Her earlier foreign service tours include policy and public affairs work at Embassies Brasilia, Paris, Dakar (covering also Bissau), Maputo, Lisbon, and Consulate Lagos. In Washington, DC, Ms. Kane served as Director of Policy at the Office of the Inspector General and earlier worked on policy, press, and congressional issues in the Bureau of International Organizations. Ms. Kane holds a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining the State Department, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, a travel writer, and an NGO worker. She speaks French and Portuguese. She is originally from Los Angeles and Monterey, California.


Robert Ogburn

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Media, Bureau of Global Public Affairs.

Robert Ogburn joined the Foreign Service in 1987 and currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Global Media in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs. As a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister Counselor, Robert has served overseas in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Egypt. In Washington, DC, Robert was director of the office of mainland Southeast Asia in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and earlier served as director of the office of citizen exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He was also visiting fellow for public diplomacy at the George Washington University and briefing coordinator at the Washington Foreign Press Center.Robert holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is originally from Seoul, Korea, and grew up in the Washington, DC area.


Shannon Wilson

DEIA Senior Advisor, Bureau of Global Public Affairs

Shannon Wilson is the DEIA Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs (GPA) at the U.S. Department of State, where she develops and leads strategic and policy efforts to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion, and accessibility into the bureau’s daily work. She is also tasked with developing initiatives and programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce within GPA and in support of the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Prior to her employment with the State Department, Shannon served as the Disability Employment Program Manager and Affirmative Employment Program Manager at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), where she managed NTSB’s reasonable accommodation process and led the Agency’s barrier analysis working group. In addition to her work in advancing DEIA, Shannon has over 10 years experience in the equal employment opportunity (EEO) field, including in the areas of EEO litigation, complaint processing, compliance, and alternative dispute resolution. Shannon was an Honors Attorney at the United States Postal Service and served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. She holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law and a B.A. in African American Studies from Emory University.


Paul Wulfsberg

Digital Content Strategist, Bureau of Global Public Affairs

Paul Wulfsberg is a fourth-tour, PD-coned FSO with previous tours in Cyprus, Jordan, and Algeria. Currently he is in GPA/DC/ADS working on managing State’s relationships with influencers, building on his experience in social media as Information Officer at Embassy Algiers. Before joining State in 2013, Paul was a university Arabic instructor.