Monique Quesada is the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) based in Miami at Florida International University and Miami Dade College. She covers the Florida educational district that spans from Daytona Beach to Key West, as well as Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. As the DIR, she engages with University and High School students, as well as with professional organizations, to raise awareness about careers and internship opportunities in the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service and Civil Service corps.
Monique Quesada has been a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State since 1988. Previously the U.S. Consul General in Marseille, France, Monique's past experiences include working as the Cultural Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in London, the Deputy U.S. Senior Civilian Representative for Western Afghanistan in Herat, Afghanistan, and Embassy Spokesperson and Information Officer in Rabat, Morocco.
Since 1988, Monique has split her career between Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy assignments, serving mostly in Western Europe and North Africa. She speaks the following languages with varying degrees of fluency in French, Italian, Spanish, Dari, Arabic, Modern Greek and Portuguese. Monique's family background personifies American diversity. Her father came to the U.S. as a student from the Philippines; her mother emigrated from the Netherlands; and Monique was born in Venezuela. She gained her U.S. citizenship when she was eight years old in Houston, Texas, grew up in Columbus, Ohio but now considers herself a resident of the great State of Florida.