Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Karina Veras
Karina Veras was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At the age of 8, her family moved from Santo Domingo to New York City. Karina earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fordham University in New York, and a master’s in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Growing up in New York City motivated Karina to pursue a career in international affairs where she could learn about other cultures and strengthen relations between the United States and its partners. With the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Karina learned more about the State Department through internships at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of the American States and the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. She joined the Foreign Service in July 2011 and shortly after began her current assignment as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City where she follows issues such as competition, investment, and tourism. In her one year in the Economic Section, Karina has worked a number of visits, including Vice President Biden’s visit to Mexico City. Karina’s informative reporting on the tourism sectors in both the United States and Mexico helped bring high-level U.S. participation at the G20’s Tourism Ministerial in Merida.