Office of Civil Rights
March 1, 2013

Date: 03/01/2013 Description: Celebrating Women's History Month 2013: Caitlin Welsh - State Dept Image

Caitlin Welsh is a foreign affairs officer in the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security (S/GFS), where she helps coordinate all aspects of U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition. Her portfolio focuses on G-8 and G-20 food security initiatives, as well as Feed the Future in African countries.

From 2004 through 2006, Caitlin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the town of Temsia in southern Morocco. While Caitlin’s work focused on the youth in her community, she also helped organize educational opportunities for the mothers of her students. Every day, over eighty women attended the Arabic literacy classes she organized in the town’s community center, in addition to monthly seminars on nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and women’s rights. In celebration of the 2006 International Women’s Day, Caitlin organized a first-ever week-long career planning seminar for her middle- and high school-aged female students, which ended with a career panel for her students and their mothers. The panel featured local women leaders, who discussed the benefits and challenges unique to their jobs and gave advice to girls on their education and career paths. Today, several of Caitlin’s former students are the first women in their families to attend college.

Caitlin holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She speaks Arabic and French.