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Title: Event | Diverse Diplomacy: A Conversation with Michelle Yerkin

A Conversation with Michelle Yerkin
Chargé d’Affaires
U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland

Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST


Join us for a conversation with Embassy Reykjavik CDA Michelle Yerkin. CDA Yerkin will share her insights on diversity at State, and offer advice for a successful career in foreign policy.

The Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series connects current and former career Foreign and Civil Service Officers with those considering or entering careers in foreign policy. This event is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service.

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This event will have live closed captioning.

Michelle Yerkin has served as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland since June 2021.

Michelle Yerkin has served in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Panama City, Panama; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; San Salvador, El Salvador; and most recently, in Moscow, Russia, as Acting Minister Counselor for Economic and Environment Science Technology and Health Affairs. Domestically, she served in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB); the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance (AVC); and the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA). Michelle graduated cum laude from Yale University, and received her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Law.

Michelle and her husband Zhomart have four children. Michelle is a proud descendant of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe (Chippewa) tribe of northern Minnesota. She speaks Russian and Spanish.