Ken Chavez joined the Foreign Service in 2004 and was most recently the Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, where he oversaw all aspects of consular operations, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing and routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens.
Before his assignment to Managua, Ken was the Media Unit Chief and Spokesperson for the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C., where he engaged with foreign and domestic press on complex consular issues and conducted outreach on various topics such as the U.S. State Department’s efforts to facilitate travel and tourism to the United States, the Department’s role in border security, and how U.S. citizens can travel safely abroad.
Ken also served as a Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center, a 24-hour communication and crisis management center that monitors world events, prepares briefings for the Secretary and other Department principals, and facilitates communication between the Department and the rest of the world.
Prior to his assignments in Washington, Ken served as a Consular Officer in Guadalajara, Mexico and Beijing, China. In Beijing, Ken was also Staff Assistant to the Ambassador and served in the interagency Joint Operations Center during the Beijing Olympics.
Ken is a native of the Southwest United States. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he attended the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in English and Creative Writing. Ken is married and has two children. He has family throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ken worked as a Sales and Operations Manager for Apple Inc. in Austin, Texas and was an adjunct instructor of English at Austin Community College.
Ken is thrilled to talk with those considering internships, fellowships, and future careers about the extraordinary opportunities the State Department offers to serve their country in the Foreign and Civil Service.
Anne Callaghan is the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence for the Rocky Mountains Southwest region, based at the University of New Mexico. She is responsible for outreach programs throughout New Mexico, southwest Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming to increase awareness of, and access to, the many fellowship, internship, and career opportunities available with the U.S. Department of State. Click here to learn more about the U.S. Department of State.
Before coming to University of New Mexico, Anne was Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada, responsible for bilateral relations, consular operations, and trade promotion in British Columbia and Yukon from 2011 to 2014. Prior to her posting in Vancouver, Anne led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in southeastern Iraq, working closely with the provincial government and the Iraqi NGO community to promote rule of law, economic development, good governance, and women’s rights.
A member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Anne started her career in Mexico with assignments at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, opening the first public diplomacy border affairs office. She also served in Perth, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Rome, Italy; Bogota, Colombia; and Washington, D.C. Throughout her 29-year career, Anne has been a strong proponent of public diplomacy, including cultural programming, public affairs, and academic and professional exchanges.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Anne worked at the Center for Research in International Studies at Stanford University. A native of New Jersey, she received her undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Colby College and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan School of Library and Information Science and the National War College. She speaks Japanese, Spanish, and Italian, and is the recipient of U.S. Department of State Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor awards and the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service award.