February 5, 2010

Date: 02/03/2010 Description: Black History Month 2010: Sandy Reynolds - State Dept Image

Sandy Reynolds began her professional career at State in 1981 as a summer intern in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. At present, she works in the Office of Press Relations as a public affairs specialist in the Bureau of Public Affairs (PA) where she coordinates preparations for press briefings and press conferences for the Secretary of State and other senior officials.

Prior to that, Ms. Reynolds was in PA’s Office of Public Liaison where she corresponded with the general public on foreign and domestic inquiries on key policy issues, in addition to general information requests. She planned and organized major town meetings, numerous regional events; in addition to programming civil and foreign service officers as participants in the Department’s Hometown Diplomats Program. She has worked closely with Regional Media Outreach in arranging interviews for Department representatives with print, television and radio station.

During former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s tenure, Ms. Reynolds worked with Hargrave Military Academy to name its leadership program in honor of former Secretary Powell: “The Colin Powell Program for Leadership and Ethics.”

“Working in the Bureau of Public Affairs is most rewarding because it allows the general public an opportunity to connect with the Department, which ultimately increases awareness of the Administration’s policy,” she says of her work in Public Affairs.

A native Washingtonian, Ms. Reynolds enjoys spending her free time with daughter Lauren, niece Caleea and nephews Czyz and Shawn.