Joining the Foreign Service in 2002, Fintor, a UM alumni and Detroit native, served as U.S. Embassy spokesperson in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. As Diplomat in Residence (DIR), Fintor provides information on State Department opportunities to students and professionals located throughout the North Central DIR region, which includes Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. The Ford School serves as one of 16 regional DIR academic host institutions in the United States.
DIRs attend local career fairs for students, alumni, and professionals, host career information sessions, and speak to organizations and groups located in each of the population-based geographic regions they serve. They provide information about U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and Civil Service careers, internships, fellowships, and scholarships.
In addition to scheduling regular travel to communities and recruitment events throughout assigned geographic areas, DIRs provide background materials, resources, and referrals to those residing in their regions.