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Date: 11/07/2011 Description: 2011 Native American Heritage Month: Robin Smith - State Dept Image Robin Smith's Native American connection is via the Lenape Tribe.

Ms. Smith is currently assigned as a State Department career development officer and coordinator for the chiefs of mission selection process. Prior assignments have included cultural affairs officer in Mexico City (2008-2010); Deputy Director in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Public Diplomacy (2005-2008); special assistant to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2004-2005); and policy officer for the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs (2002-2004). Ms. Smith went to Iraq in 2003, shortly after the fall of Baghdad, to help establish the then Coalition Provisional Authority’s press office.

Ms. Smith was in charge of the public affairs sections at the U.S. Embassies in Maputo, Mozambique (2000-2002); and Mbabane, Swaziland (1996-1999). She served as a cultural affairs attaché in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1990-1993); and Paris, France (1988-1990). Her initial training as a public diplomacy officer started in Lagos, Nigeria (1987-1988). Ms. Smith served as special assistant to the Director of the former United States Information Agency (1993-1996).

Ms. Smith has received several awards during her 25-year career in the Foreign Service, including a USIA Director’s Award for Superior Achievement, a Meritorious Honor Award, and a Meritorious Step Increase. She has received three State Department Superior Honor Awards in recognition of extraordinary commitment and service while in the Africa Bureau and the Under Secretary’s Office for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Ms. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a master’s degree from American University, and pursued graduate studies in mass communication from University of Maryland. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Smith worked for The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in Washington DC. She was an exchange student in Denmark in 1975.