Kyla Brooke, Diplomat-in-Residence at CUNY, gave a virtual and in-person presentation on Career Opportunities and Student Programs in the Department of State to the College of Staten Island in November to cap off CSI’s celebration of International Education Week 2022.
Eleven attendees including faculty, staff, and students participated in-person, as well as six students who participated virtually. Participants asked questions and discussed matters involving careers in foreign service, and other topics that pertained to foreign diplomacy. 

Brooke discussed the various branches of the Foreign Service and said that she was so proud to represent her country during her tour. She also discussed the challenges and rewards of a career in the Foreign Service. Brooke also spoke with students about State Department career opportunities including careers, fellowships, and internships.  

Diplomats-in-Residence (DIRs) are experienced Foreign Service Officers who can provide additional guidance regarding career opportunities and student programs with the U.S. Department of State.

This visit was sponsored by the Eta Lambda Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and the Center for Global Engagement at the College of Staten Island/CUNY.

About Kyla Brooke

Kyla Brooke is a career Foreign Service Officer with more than 16 years of experience in a wide variety of areas within the U.S. Department of State.  

She has served in a variety of assignments, most recently as an Eagleburger Fellow at Citibank. Previously, she was the Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. She was also an Advisor for ECOSOC at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, negotiating on issues ranging from human rights to development finance. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Counter Narcotics Officer in Kabul, Afghanistan; the Economic Officer in The Hague, The Netherlands; and her first assignment was as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Brooke began her career as a Pickering Fellow, serving at the Venezuela desk in the Office of Andean Affairs, and in Gaborone, Botswana in the Pol/Econ Section. 

Kyla graduated from Yale University with an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations, with a focus on international business and law.  She holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from the University of California. She served as a term member on the Council of Foreign Relations from 2016-2021.

By Winnie Brophy

Photo caption: (Left to right) Kyla Brooke, Diplomat-in-Residence at CUNY, and Prof. Margaret Berci from the CSI School of Education, and Board member of the PBD Eta Lambda Chapter