Category: Event Announcements, Featured News

Title: Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speakers Series: A Conversation with Foreign Service Officers Lia Miller and Christina Tilghman

Date Published: November 16, 2020

Date: Friday, November 20
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Join us for a conversation with mid-level Foreign Service Officers Lia Miller and Christina Tilghman, both of whom served as President of the Pickering and Rangel Fellows Association. They will share how they leveraged their leadership in the Employee Affinity Group to promote diversity and inclusion at the State Department, and advice for successful careers in foreign policy.

The Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series is an ISD project that connects current and former career Civil and Foreign Service officers with those considering or entering careers in foreign policy.

Learn more about Diverse Diplomacy at


This event will have live closed captioning.

Lia Miller
Lia Miller, a career Foreign Service Officer, joined the U.S. Department of State in 2003. She is currently the Chief of the Public Affairs Office at U.S. Embassy Yerevan. She has also held assignments in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Operations Center, the Bureau of Global Public Affairs, the Office of Middle East Transitions, the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and at the U.S. Embassies in Bolivia, Tunisia, Nicaragua, and Oman.  Lia attended Syracuse University for her bachelor’s degree and earned a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of International Relations degrees from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  She also holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University. She is a 2001 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow, a 2014 Kathryn W. Davis Public Diplomacy Fellow and USC Public Diplomacy Summer Institute participant, a 2015 International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Fellow, a 2016 Excellence in Government (EIG) Fellow, named a 2018 Regional Foreign Policy Expert by the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) organization, and named a 2018 Black American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader by the Diversity in National Security Network and New America.
Christina Tilghman
Christina Tilghman joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 2010.  Currently, she serves as the Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Most recently, she worked as the Senior Public Diplomacy Advisor for the Global Health Diplomacy Office under the Secretary’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Her previous overseas assignment include Canada and South Africa. She has served domestically in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, Bureau of International Information Programs, National Security Council at the White House, and Bureau of African Affairs. Christina attended Hampton University for her bachelor’s degree and earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a 2006 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellow, 2017 USC Public Diplomacy Summer Institute participant, 2018 International Career Advancement Program Fellow, and Council on Foreign Relations Term Member.