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Andrew Sisk Appointed New Diplomat in Residence

September 1, 2022
UNC Global
Headshot of Sisk. Smiling wide.

Andy Sisk is the Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. from 2022-24.



Andrew Sisk has assumed the role of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., covering North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He will be jointly hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University from 2022-24.

DIRs are career foreign service officers located in 16 geographic areas throughout the United States. They are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students and professionals about careers, internships and other opportunities in the U.S. Department of State.

“We are thrilled to have Sisk as our new Diplomat in Residence,” said Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and former U.S. ambassador. “Carolina students and professionals will benefit from his guidance and experience in the Foreign Service as they prepare to become the next generation of global leaders.”

Sisk is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with more than 20 years of experience in a wide variety of areas with the State Department. Previously, Sisk was the management counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, where he also served as acting deputy chief of mission for 16 months.

“I come to this position having spent the last 17 years abroad working in various overseas U.S. embassies and consulates, and I’m eager to share those experiences and hopefully persuade others to consider a similar career path,” said Sisk. “I’m a native North Carolinian, first generation college student eager to share my story and experience and convince others to think about our job opportunities and student programs as well!”

Prior to Lisbon, Sisk’s overseas postings included two assignments in Israel as ambassador’s staff assistant/vice consul and later deputy management counselor, two assignments in Iraq as the ambassador’s staff assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and later management officer at the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, in addition to assistant general services at the U.S. Embassy in London and vice consul at the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne, Australia.

Sisk began his career in the State Department in 1999 as a presidential management fellow. He worked as a management analyst in the Bureau of Consular Affairs before serving as a special assistant to the undersecretary for management. Prior to joining the State Department, Sisk completed an internship in the White House with the vice president’s office.

Sisk received his bachelor’s degree in politics from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University. Sisk follows former DIR George Sibley whose term ended this summer.

As DIR, Sisk will be a resource for the Diplomacy Initiative, a program of the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs aimed at preparing Carolina students to become the next generation of leaders tackling global challenges.

The Carolina community is welcome to connect with DIR Sisk at DIRMidAtlantic@state.gov.


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