UIC Office of International Affairs


Diplomat-in-Residence Biography
Kathy A. Johnson

University of Illinois at Chicago

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Johnson serves as the Diplomat in Residence at the University of Illinois in Chicago and a resource to universities located in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Northern Missouri.


1977 Bachelor of Arts in History, magna cum laude and recipient of Golden Ivy Leaf Award, Aurora College, Aurora, IL.

1986 U.S. Department of State Junior Officer Orientation Training, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Arlington, VA.

2003 Master's in Business Administration, Executive MBA, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

2007 Master's in National Security Strategy, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.


1. Consular Officer in Monterrey, Mexico (1986-1988).

2. Two tours in Europe, at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland (1988-1990), and in Vienna, Austria (1990-1994) at the Conference on Security Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) mission and the CSBM delegation.

3. International Relations Officer (1994-1996) in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), Johnson-Casares handled migration issues in regional and international fora, including the United Nations.

4. Selected for a Corporate Fellowship in Houston, TX (1996-1998) with the Exxon Chad Pipeline Project, served as Advisor to senior management on foreign policy and host government issues and as Organizational Development Coordinator, with a portfolio including team building, organizational development, strategic planning and performance measurement.

5. Deputy Executive Director of the DOS Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) and the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES) from 1998-2000,managed operations of both bureaus and served as the DOS representative to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission.

6. Served as the Special Assistant to the DOS Assistant Secretary for Administration (2000-2001) handling management policy issues, and serving as the Assistant Secretary's representative on a range of issues including development of the DOS Integrated Logistics Management System.

7. Management Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (2001-2004), the largest immigrant visa processing post in the world. Managed post operations and worked on cross-border issues.

8. Served at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as Management Counselor and later as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) from 2004 to 2006.

9. Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) (2007-2010).


2010 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

2010 Secretary of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

National Defense Industrial Association 2010 U.S. Department of Defense Supply Chain Operational Excellence Award.

2008 Under Secretary's Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs Runner-up - Dept of State.

Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award -US Transportation Command.

Meritorious Honor Award with cash - U.S. Embassy Damascus, Syria.

Superior Honor Award with cash - DOS (OES-DRL/EX).

Group Meritorious Honor Award - CSBM Delegation.

Meritorious Honor Award - DOS (PRM).


Current as of September 2010