Michelle Jones is the new Diplomat in Residence, assigned here to represent the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Foreign Service at conferences, career fairs and programs sponsored by foreign affairs groups and educational institutions in the region. She will counsel potential candidates on the Foreign Service selection process and also be an important resource in the area of foreign policy issues. Ms. Jones is a Michigan native and most recently served as cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Previous diplomatic assignments included Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland, and Bangladesh. She has a PhD in English from the University of Alberta, Canada.