Date: 02/01/2012 Description: Black History Month 2012: Qiana Bradford - State Dept ImageQiana Bradford joined the Foreign Service under the public diplomacy career track in 2003. She is currently studying Chinese in preparation to assume duties as public affairs officer in Guangzhou, China. Qiana’s first overseas assignment with the Foreign Service was as an economic officer in Singapore (2004-2005), followed by a tour as a consular officer in Bogotá, Colombia (2006-2008). She then served domestically as a public affairs officer in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau (2008). In 2009, Qiana accepted a four-month stint as assistant cultural affairs officer in Cairo, Egypt before returning to Washington to serve as a watch officer in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center (2009-2010) and then, most recently, as a watch officer in the White House Situation Room (2010-2011).

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Qiana earned a B.A. in economics from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA (2001) and an M.P.P. from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government (2003). Qiana also studied at Kanda International College in Tokyo and Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. She is published in the 2003 Harvard Journal of African-American Literature as co-author of “A Case Study of the Role and Relevance of Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt.”

Qiana enjoys volunteering with youth and is passionate about inspiring the next generation and fostering in them an awareness of international social issues. She speaks Japanese, Spanish, and (soon) Chinese.