Office of Civil Rights
June 1, 2010

Date: 06/01/2010 Description: 2010 LGBT Pride Month: Karl Miller - State Dept Image

Karl Miller serves as an international relations officer generalist in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affair in the Office of International Health and Biodefense. As the European region officer, he works on coordinating information for the World Health Assembly and the U.S. Global Health Initiative. This initial assignment is his first tour as a junior Foreign Service officer.

When considering a change in careers last year, Mr. Miller was exploring opportunities to serve in other federal agencies, as well as opportunities to work in the private sector for reasons of domestic partner benefits. During his considerations, he was able to attend the Department of State’s first workshop on LGBT employees in foreign affairs agencies at the Foreign Service Institute. Additionally, with the President's memorandum ensuring that same-sex domestic partners receive the maximum benefits that each agency legally can undertake, followed by the Department of State’s quick extension of the full range of legally available benefits and allowances to the same-sex domestic partner of members of the Foreign Service, he made the decision to accept an offer to join the Foreign Service and completed the 148th A-100 class in October 2009. According to Mr. Miller, “knowing that the Department was doing everything it legally could do in order to be fair to its LGBT employees was a large factor in my decision.”

Previously, Mr. Miller served for over six years in the U.S. Secret Service, where he functioned as a specialist in counterfeit currency, specifically counterfeit Federal Reserve notes, as well as a specialist in the agency’s enterprise database applications. Mr. Miller was trained as a chemist at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he preformed research in both biochemistry and molecular biology. He has also conducted brain-imaging research at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Medicine.

Mr. Miller was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in suburban Maryland. His next assignment is to serve as a consular officer in Shanghai, China.