Date: 02/10/2012 Description: Black History Month 2012: Kamilah Keith - State Dept Image Kamilah Keith is a first-tour consular-coned officer currently serving in Bogota, Colombia, on a rotational assignment in the consular and narcotics affairs sections. One of the reasons Kamilah chose to serve in the consular cone is the fact that consular officers are often the only American that foreigners will have the opportunity to interact act with and in her travels she has found that foreigners often have a misconception of what an American looks like. Kamilah would like to help to change this perception.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Kamilah served eight years in the Marine Corps Reserve with a tour of duty at the Al Asad Airbase in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During her time in the Marine Corps, Kamilah developed her passion for public service. She also completed several internships with the Department of State, working in the U.S. Embassies in the Dominican Republic and Djibouti; the Chicago Passport Agency; and the Bureau of Consular Affairs/Overseas Citizen Services/American Citizen Services in Washington, DC. These internships further fueled her interest in public service.

Kamilah graduated from American University (Washington, DC) in 2010 with a MA in Spanish: Latin American studies and a graduate certificate in translation. She graduated from North Georgia College and State University (The Military College of Georgia) in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish with business emphasis and a minor in leadership. Kamilah is from the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. She has also traveled throughout Costa Rica and Ecuador. Kamilah enjoys singing, dancing, aerobics classes, and reading. She would like to make a career out of the Foreign Service.

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