Office of Civil Rights
May 1, 2012

Date: 05/01/2012 Description: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month 2012: Krishna Das - State Dept Image Krishna Das has been a Foreign Service specialist with the Department of State since 2007.

He studied Economics at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He completed his MBA and, after working in corporate America, went on to receive an MA in higher education administration and human resources from the University of Iowa. Mr. Das worked for the University of Iowa as an international liaison and then joined Iowa State University as the Statewide Coordinator for their Nonprofit Management Academy. He also had a short stint with the Department of Homeland Security prior to joining the State Department.

He is originally from India and is able to converse in Hindi and Malayalam and can also understand Tamil and Marathi.

He is the co-founder of the University of Iowa’s ‘International Day’ human rights program that imparts human rights education to middle and high school students. He was part of the Iowa City Press Citizen’s Writer’s group having written opinion pieces on subjects ranging from education and global affairs. He has also served on various diversity committees while in Iowa City. He has volunteered as a researcher with Amnesty International (India section) documenting problems faced by certain refugee groups based in the New Delhi area.

Of his job, he says: “I feel privileged that I am part of such a wonderful agency as the Department of State that has entrusted me with the honored task of helping further the Department’s mission of global diplomacy. Serving our great nation through the auspices of the State Department is truly an honor.”

Mr. Das considers Iowa City home and is a true Hawkeye at heart!