Diplomat in Residence for 2017-2019


Monique Quesada – Diplomat in Residence
Florida International University, Miami, Florida


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL-474
Tel: 305-348-6381 | DIRSouthFlorida@state.gov

Monique Quesada 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 the U.S. Virgin Islands. As the FIR, she engages with the University and High School students on raising awareness about career opportunities in the Foreign Service and Civil Service with the U.S. Department of State.

Monique Quesada is a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Previously the U.S. Embassy's Cultural Attache in London (since 2011), Monique spent a year working as the Deputy U.S. Senior Civilian Representative for Western Afghanistan, and concurrently head of the Political and Economic Section for the new American Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan.

Since 1988, Monique has split her career between Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy assignments, serving months in Western Europe and North Africa. She speaks the following languages with varying degrees of fluency: French, Italian, Spanish, Dari, Arabic, Modern Greek and Portuguese. Monique's family background personifies American "diversity". Her father came to the U.S. as a student from the Philippines; her mother emigrated from the Netherlands; and Monique was born in Venezuela. She gained U.S. citizenship when she was eight years old in Houston, Texas, grew up in Columbus, Ohio but now considers herself a resident of the great state of Florida.