Diplomat in Residence for 2015-2017
Catherine Rodriguez – Diplomat in Residence
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL-474
Tel: 305-348-6381 or 202-674-3317 | DIRSouthFlorida@state.gov
Catherine Rodriguez is the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at Florida International University and Miami Dade College. She covers the Florida educational district that spans from Daytona Beach to Key West as well as Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. As the DIR, she engages with University and High School students on raising awareness about careers opportunities in the Foreign Service and Civil Service with the U.S. Department of State. Catherine has served multiple tours of duty in South Asia including assignments in Pakistan and India. She also served as the Regional Director of the Office of Foreign Mission where she was responsible for liaison and administrative support for the 3000 foreign diplomats stationed in nine states and two territories in the Southeastern United States. Catherine was a Colin Powell Fellow and a recipient of the prestigious Una Chapman Cox sabbatical where she obtained a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.
Catherine attended Florida International University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting. She is a certified public accountant who began her professional career with the United States Agency of International Development where she served as an auditor for the Inspector General’s Office. In that capacity, she served tours of duty in Washington DC, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
She is married to Nace Crawford, a retired Senior Foreign Service officer. Her hobbies include travel, the arts, and reading. She is fluent in Spanish.