Diplomat in Residence

Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career foreign service officers who are located throughout the United States and responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers in the U.S. Department of State. DIRs are available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in foreign and civil service careers, internships and fellowships. The current diplomat in residence for the Southern Mid-Atlantic region is Ambassador Kathryn Crockart. She is jointly hosted by Duke University in the John Hope Franklin Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the FedEx Global Education Center. Contact Crockart at DIRMidAtlantic@state.gov.

Kathryn Crockart

Kathryn Crockart

Kathryn Crockart is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently serving as the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the mid-Atlantic region (North Carolina, South Carolina, and most of Virginia). As a DIR, she helps a diverse cross-section of Americans who want to serve and represent our country to pursue career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.

Crockart returned to the United States in August 2018 from her most recent overseas assignment, at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2017-2018), where she served as the minister counselor for public affairs. In this role, she led American public diplomacy efforts in Pakistan through robust outreach, exchanges and media engagement conducted by the Embassy and our three Consulates.

Crockart is a Public Diplomacy-coned foreign service officer. Her other assignments include the U.S. Embassy in London (2014-2017), where she was the spokesperson and director of the press office. She served as principal officer at the U.S. Consulate in Medan, Indonesia (2011-2014), leading all American diplomatic efforts on the island of Sumatra. She has also served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Belize City, Belize; and both Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. The State Department has recognized Crockart with its individual Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards four times each. Prior to joining the State Department in 1999, she worked at The (Durham) Herald-Sun in her home state of North Carolina.

Crockart received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She speaks German, Indonesian, and Malay, and has studied French.

Prior Diplomats in Residence

Arnold Chacon

Jasper R. Daniels

Richard E. Jaworski

Julie A. Ruterbories

William E. Lucas

Ambassador Patrick D. Duddy

Stephen R. Kelly

Renee M. Earle

Deborah Schwartz

Ambassador David C. Litt

Pamela Corey-Archer

Ambassador Brenda Schoonover

Peter D. Whitney

Roy M. Melbourne