Humans of the Embassy: Ryan Key, Information Programs Officer

Originally hailing from Connecticut, I joined the State Department in 2005 and now serve in Singapore where I’m responsible for the Mission’s secure communications. My goal is to be invisible because the minute everyone knows you, it’s usually because something needs to be fixed.  Before I joined the Foreign Service, my grandfather, who served in France during World War II, suggested I join the United States National Guard, a reserve component of the United States Army and Air Force. As a result, I ...
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Humans of the Embassy: Patrick Cho, Foreign Service Officer

Most of my adult life has been about bridging generations, cultures, and countries. After college, I applied for and was selected to participate in the State Department’s Fulbright exchange program and worked as an English teaching assistant in South Korea. At that time, I had never lived abroad and spoke zero Korean. Together with fellow ...
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Humans of the Embassy: Sarbhpreet Sawhney, Federal Aviation Administration

“My first love is aviation and my second, international relations – actually, aviation is inherently an international career. As a young child, I was immensely fascinated with how things worked. I took apart all my toys and tried to make them fly. To me, it’s a miracle how mankind has found a way to take ...
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Humans of the Embassy: Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, outgoing Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., U.S. Embassy Singapore

One of the highest privileges a citizen can have is to serve their country. I am honored to have spent my professional life representing the United States of America, whether in the Navy or as an American diplomat stationed around the world. These past three years in Singapore have been especially meaningful for me as ...
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Humans of the Embassy: Finn and Sam, dogs of Christian and Rachel McGlynn, from the General Services Office and Transportation Security Administration

This Year of the Dog, meet two dogs – Finn & Sam – that belong to two Humans of the Embassy, Christian and Rachel McGlynn. Finn: “Woof! Woof! I am Finn and this is my brother Sam. We are Australian Shepherds – known as smart herding dogs that can get a little destructive when not ...
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Humans of the Embassy: Margaret Hanson-Muse, U.S. Commercial Service

“I was the first African American woman to join the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service but I wouldn’t say that’s how I define myself. I am just Maggie. I like cooking, scuba diving, horseback riding, textiles. I love people. I am a mix of many ethnicities – African American, Hispanic, Chinese, white, American Indian, and a ...
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Humans of the Embassy: Nikolina Kulidzan, Public Affairs Section

“Like everyone, I am many things: a daughter, wife, immigrant, free spirit, lover of books and nature, high-strung overachiever, person who will always speak English with an accent, and a woman who has grieved infertility. What makes each of us different is sometimes obvious but often not. For me, the surest way to respect the ...
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